Category: Daily Choices

Choosing to Believe in Paradise

Dystopian stories have been all the rage for quite a few years now. The 20th Century produced novels like Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, Brave New World by Alex Huxley, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. They each described an imagined future in which powerful forces sought to control not only… Continue Reading “Choosing to Believe in Paradise”

Choosing a Real Friend

I was a child when I remember first hearing the concept of having a “friendship with God.” It provided a welcome relief from the burden of legalism my young perception of religion had pressed on me. But looking back, I now see that this… Continue Reading “Choosing a Real Friend”

Choosing My Source of Glory

The pop artist Andy Warhol is said to have come up with the phrase that is now known as “15 minutes of fame.” There is disagreement over whether it was actually his idea. But regardless of who coined it, the idea took hold and… Continue Reading “Choosing My Source of Glory”

Choosing to Embrace the Dry Season

The Sahara can be a lonely and disheartening place. I’ve been to this seemingly endless North African sandbox several times. Its beauty, overshadowed by the harshness and potential for disaster, was often not seen till after I returned home and reviewed my photos. On… Continue Reading “Choosing to Embrace the Dry Season”

Choosing My Allegiance

The 4th of July has traditionally been one of the most important days for Americans to express their patriotism, loyalty, and love of country. As a kid, I vaguely understood this. Fireworks, picnics, and homemade ice cream were what I perceived and appreciated most.… Continue Reading “Choosing My Allegiance”

Choosing the Goodness of God

It has become a beloved classic. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, although written by C.S. Lewis as a children’s story, has powerfully communicated the Gospel message to many adults as well. Aslan, a lion and a Christ figure in the story, has… Continue Reading “Choosing the Goodness of God”

Choosing to Avoid the Spiritual Black Hole

“I will kill as many of them as I can.” A young man from Prizren, Kosovo said this to me quietly through clenched teeth. Not knowing how to respond, I replayed the story he had just told me. It was July of 1999, and… Continue Reading “Choosing to Avoid the Spiritual Black Hole”

Choosing Kindness as a Lifestyle

It was the first week of my summer vacation after finishing the 3rd grade. There was an unexpected knock on our front door. The teacher who had started the school year and then disappeared in the spring on maternity leave stood there. In her… Continue Reading “Choosing Kindness as a Lifestyle”

Choosing to be Made New

The Geek Squad technician looked at me and said, “It’s dead. Your laptop’s motherboard has failed.” Of course, my first question was how much it would cost to repair it. I liked this computer. We had accomplished a lot together. He shook his head.… Continue Reading “Choosing to be Made New”

Choosing What’s IN

I am a recovering English teacher. It’s been many years since I stood in front of a class of middle-schoolers and attempted to convey the beauty of past participles, gerunds and the joy of diagraming a sentence. The response was almost always less than… Continue Reading “Choosing What’s IN”