Respect is earned. We get it by what we do. We volunteer at a homeless shelter, and we get a nod in the newspaper. We tack another degree onto our name, and people’s estimation of us jumps a ...

Life is about improving our situation. That’s generational as well as personal. What our parents had and how they lived, well, we want to step it up a level. How we lived last decade, it’s ...

Are you a grumpy cat in the morning? Your claws come out when someone talks to you before you have your coffee. Can’t they see you aren’t awake yet? Your detractors say, Put a smile on your ...

A woman and her husband were shopping at a big box store. As they wandered the aisles, she repeatedly found items that called to her. She lifted each one for her husband to look at, certain he ...

Order something by mail, and it’s not unusual to see ASSEMBLY REQUIRED on the packaging. Our new “toy” is broken down into its individual parts for ease of shipment. When we reassemble it, ...

What does it mean to shape up? Merriam-Webster gives us two definitions. 1. We can work to improve ourselves. Study, exercise, even immerse ourselves in the rules of etiquette and propriety that ...

Vaccinations are generally considered a good thing. We get a small dose of medicine, and it protects us from a larger illness. Getting poked by a needle’s not fun, however, even when we know ...

To jam down is a slang phrase that crept into popular culture in the music scene. We play music informally with other people, and in the process, we create something beautiful. Let’s  ...

Righteousness. Merriam-Webster has something special to say about this word. We do things by a divine standard. We exercise a moral prerogative. We remain free from guilt over bad ...

What’s deflated your balloon? What’s got your coattails dragging in the mud, and you can’t seem to hitch them up? What has you feeling like your life’s alarm is broken, and you’ll ...

What’s with your old dead self? That’s not you anymore. You are brand new in Christ. Toss out that condemnation. Slough off the world’s criticism. God has made you perfect in him. You are ...

What’s your worth in this world? What difference can you make against the oncoming flood of wrongdoing and indifference? Where do you stand in the grand scheme of things? Does God have a ...

Who cares about yesterday? It’s over and done, and we can’t move backwards. Shouldn’t we all get a fresh start each morning? Several years back, a grandmother raising a rowdy grandson kept ...