Companion in Tribulation

Helping others is an art and a science. If you solve someone's problems without providing them with the tools to solve them in the future, you risk creating a dependency. If you impose solutions that don't match the true need, you risk creating future imbalances. If you act without understanding, your efforts will be hit …

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Blame, Contempt, and Self-Righteous Indignation

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”—Ernest Hemingway You would have to be pretty thick to overlook the fact that civil, reasonable discourse is now the exception rather than the rule. Blame, contempt, and self-righteous indignation have become commonplace in public and private discourse. Sadly, this trifecta has become the response of choice …

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The Comfort Drug

There is a particular type of discomfort which accompanies personal growth. I say “particular” because it is different than the discomfort that comes from failure, dishonesty or disobedience. It is more like the “good burn” you get from an intense workout than the aches and pains which follow periods of sustained idleness. Your tolerance for …

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Restoration of Privilege

I read an interesting statement last evening about forgiveness that I thought you might find interesting and possibly applicable to your life: “Forgiveness neverimplies restoration of privilege to the offender.” This statement caught my eye and interest because I’ve often wondered why there is such a strong tendency in people not to forgive. Consider this: If …

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Refinement and Perfection

Refinement is rightly an inside-out process. It is the process by which the light inside of you shines outwardly into the world. It is the revelation of the wonderful One within you. Refinement is the means by which the “heaven” of your being is revealed through the “earth” of your outer capacities of body, mind …

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Radical Honesty

Humanity is skating on thin ice. The lines between reality and unreality, truth and opinion, have never been so blurred as they are in our era. In a world where appearances trump substance, it’s increasingly challenging to find solid footing. I’m often asked about where to start in the face of such monumental nonsense. My …

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