The advantage of being old is that I can sing while I brush my teeth

Do you suffer from gerontophobia, which is the fear of old people, old age, and growing old? Judging by the number of books dealing with life after 50, or even 40, it appears that many people have difficulty dealing with aging. Since I’m 65, I have the right to ask, “What’s all the fuss about?” Part of the problem, it …

How Great Thou Art!

How great thou art! Can you guess who I’m writing about? The title of this article is the name of a hymn, so you may think I’m referring to God. But I’m not. Its His creature I’m talking about, YOU. If God is great and He made you in his image, aren’t you also great? Yes, how great you are, …

The great leader is he who the people say, We did it ourselves

Leadership is power because it is a catalyst that makes things happen. It is also a power shared by all, for if we don’t lead others, we lead ourselves. When we understand the principles of leadership, there are at least three benefits. First, by applying what we learn, we can become better leaders. Second, we can make better decisions when …

Planting flowers in the souls of others

Our greatness lies in our power of creation. At one moment there is nothing. Then — puff! — a new work of art! Perhaps a new song, poem, story, painting, musical composition, or piece of sculpture. Or perhaps a good deed. It may come in the form of an approving look, a gentle kiss, a warm touch, a radiant smile, …

Embrace the Path of Grace

Since the subject is GRACE, let’s begin by defining it. It is the exercise of love, kindness, and mercy to benefit or serve another. Other terms we could use include goodwill, compassion, benevolence, charity, and brotherly love. Here is how the British theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703 ~ 1758) defines it: “Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace …

A misty morning does not mean a cloudy day

Are dark clouds looming over your life? If so, it doesn’t necessarily follow that a storm is approaching. However, even if today were to be your darkest day, the tempest will pass if you wait it out. That’s why you must keep the flame of hope burning in your heart. Storms may rage, but don’t let them extinguish hope. What …

It is better to be kind to one man than love all of mankind

Now that Christmas is upon us, many are thinking about exchanging gifts. The gifts of greatest value cannot be bought in any store. How about the gift of a good example for your children, a listening ear for your spouse, encouragement for your friend, the gift of gratitude for your employer, kind words for your neighbor, and a smile for …

A helping hand or a slap in the face?

The same hand that helps can be used to hurt. Sometimes, despite our good intentions, we cause pain instead of relieving it. If a friend or acquaintance asks for advice, what should we do? Of course, it depends on several things, such as the nature of the problem, but one thing we should do is exercise caution by thinking before …

Great hopes make great men and women

One of our greatest gifts is HOPE, for with it, all things are possible. Without it, nothing is possible. The survival of Nelson Mandela and Ingrid Betancourt (recently rescued from FARC captivity) are dramatic examples of the power of hope. Despite their ordeals, both nurtured hope in their hearts, and in return hope sustained them. Hope is a decision or …

Help me, I’m growing old!

Leo writes, “Chuck, I was reading a book last night that said, ‘In every old person is a young person wondering what happened.’ Soon, I’ll be 47 years old, which to me is like being two years older than God. As a quasi-atheist, when I look into the abyss, I become very angry. Yet, having a total and complete lack …