Grace is a learned thing. No one comes by it naturally. We see it in others, experience it when we’ve stumbled, and are grateful when we receive it. Yet, it’s harder to practice when it’s ...

It’s easy to say, “If … then.” If you behave in this certain way, then I’ll feel that way toward you. In other words, if you measure up, I’ll give you my love. That’s not the ...

Let’s start off with a term used in the field of medicine. Adulteration. Merriam-Webster says it’s a process. It’s something that happens to a pure substance that changes it and makes it ...

When’s the last time someone cut you off in traffic?  How did you feel? Gracious, or not so loving? How about the gossip in the office? The one that makes up juicy tidbits to round out ...

Rufus means, literally, “red.” William II, a king of England, was nicknamed Rufus because of the color of his hair. The ancient Romans regularly gave the name Rufus to red-haired babies. We ...

Cooperation. Understanding. Getting along with people even when we disagree. Those sound pretty good, like they are things we should do. A good way to live. Taking the high road and letting ...

George Washington is our standard. How does that story go? “I cannot lie, Father. I am the one who cut down the cherry tree.” It’s generally accepted now that the cherry tree incident ...

So, you want me to be honest. Truly? In everything? Like … about the color of your new living room curtains? And the way you keep your lawn? Or the turkey you prepared last Christmas, the one ...

Leveling up is gaming terminology. Yes, computer games. Each character must achieve a final goal, and they work through “levels” reflecting the progress they’ve made. Each new level gives ...

Try summer in Texas. Or South Florida or Arizona. The sun will fry your scalp. Stay out too long, and you’ll boil your blood. Your body won’t be able to cool off fast enough, and you’ll ...

We know forgiveness is difficult. That’s not what this is about. We’re moving past that. We’re accepting that we’ve already decided to forgive the bad guy, the one who’s done us wrong, ...

We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword. A small thing we can balance on one finger can do more damage than a two-handed shaft of gleaming steel. Our tongue? It weighs only a few ...
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