Comparison Bankrupts Joy

“What about him?” Peter asked Jesus. “What is that to you?” Jesus responded (Jn. 21). By nature, we’re scorekeepers, noting how others perform—income; title; vacation; home; vehicle. While we’re keeping score, we’re leaking joy. Comparison bankrupts joy. Mind your money, not theirs.

September 16, 2016

The summer I turned 20, I spent six weeks studying abroad with a small group of undergraduates and a remarkable English Literature professor.  I had assumed our first assignment would be to take a test or compose an essay on our required reading, an 1100-page novel titled London that tracked the city’s history beginning with […]

I Should Have Been Stoned

We’ve come a long way, baby, haven’t we? I shudder to think what it was like to be a woman of ill repute in Jesus’ time…or any woman, for that matter. Women were considered property. A Jewish man’s prayer might be equal to these three pointed benedictions: “Blessed be He who did not make me […]

My Childhood Home

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I traveled to my hometown for an end of summer visit with my parents. It was a normal trip – we played in the pool, saw my grandmother, aunt, uncle and cousin, ate at our favorite restaurants and generally relaxed. But there was an undertone of sadness, […]