No one is bitter who receives a gift. Likewise, we become bitter only when we cannot find the gift in a situation, and thus experience only pain and hardship. In bitterness, we often feel something better (sweet) was denied or taken from us. My first step: try and find the valuable lesson necessary for my … Continue reading Bitter or better?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwIvEyXLkSA For a long time, the prodigal son was eating the husks that the swine refused. Persecuted by want that the husks never seemed to satisfy, he suddenly remembered his Father’s House. A fervent yearning arose within to journey there, and thus humbly petition his Father for forgiveness of his transgressions, so he might … Continue reading Food for Thought: Temptations of the prodigal son (with audio)
In all the talk of leadership, we overemphasize the big things. And yet, it is only from the small that the great arises. When we are drying our hands in the restroom, do we also pick the paper towels near the trash left by others? When we pass a sullied stall, do we take the … Continue reading About leadership
One day, an experience in school prompted my son to ask me the following I had never really considered: "why do we have to remove our hats when we pray?" In other words, why is it respectful to remove our hats during prayer? I thought about this for a moment then responded: "What is the … Continue reading Why do we have to remove our hats during prayer?
Only when light illumines an object can we see its true colors. In the darkness, no matter how earnestly we examine, it is impossible to properly identify the hue of an object. Similarly, the human spirit cannot see itself by seeking itself, but only through seeking the Light that shines from above and allowing It … Continue reading As Light shines
If you seek blame, you will reap pain, disappointment, and anger. But if you seek lessons, you will reap understanding, acceptance, and contentment. Blame is a vicious trap, for it binds the person in a mentality of: "if you did not do A B and C, then I would not have been exposed to experience … Continue reading Transcending blame
If you enter a theatre in the middle of a movie, and try to ascribe innocence or guilt based on this isolated scene, you will almost always go wrong. For without knowledge of the beginning of the movie and the development of the plot, your assessment would be grievously flawed...no matter how sincere your intentions. … Continue reading Entering the movie
Truth with no joy is like a beautiful car with no engine. Sure it looks good and has great capabilities, but only with an engine can it come to life and take us places; can it enclose us protectively from all danger. Truth is animated by joy. Forsooth, without true joy, what we have is … Continue reading Truth with no joy