Joy of every longing heart

Have you noticed how our hearts long for things? We long for–or crave–certain kinds of food, certain possessions, and so on…but above all, we long for things intangible. We long for peace. Hope. Satisfaction. Joy. Love. Come, Thou long expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and …

Be content

Contentment. It’s something I think we would all agree is lacking in the world today, especially in first-world countries, who, ironically, have so much. Often, we equate being content with happiness. We chase happiness hoping to find contentment. How do I know we aren’t just looking for happiness, as everyone says? …

Confident failure

So much comes down to confidence. No, this is not a lecture on self-esteem, or a proposition that you should dig deep within yourself and find self-confidence, or anything like that. Bear with me, here. Something my Bible Quiz coach said a couple years ago that stuck with me was …

Hopes and dreams

It’s beautiful tonight. All the doors to the house are open so the cool breeze can blow through, and the inside is melded with the outside. It’s quiet out here, the only sounds are palm fronds rustling in the air and crickets chirping. I’ve been thinking. My friends laugh when …