Investing: with unknown returns

Certain jobs, more than others, require a person to invest so much time, effort, emotions, and resources than one normally expects. There is an interesting paradox that arises when someone engages in jobs of service such as many of the health-care related jobs, public safety, clergy, non-profit work, and, finally, teaching. I am not writing…

Brush it off…keep being you!

Sometimes, you might find yourself rejected from a certain job opportunity or let go from a job that you liked (or possibly didn’t like but thought you needed)! Then, after you are let go, part of you wants to beg and plead for them to take you back. Another part of you wants to scream…

Forgive – for only then you can be set free

Maybe forgiveness seems like an act of human muscle and will. But I have recently realized that is not true. Although we may desire to become free from resenting someone for hurting us, we cannot forgive that person on our own. In the lyrics of a Christian song, the singer says, “Father, give me grace…

Not Fair

You say life is not fair And they say who cares Nothing is ever fair The human rule The human rule is unfair You do your best You cross your T’s You dot your I’s But they care for that one That one with most lip The human rule is unfair

Worthless

The reason I started this blog was to share my thoughts about how wonderful it is for us humans to recognize how much God loves us. Because He loves us, He makes us worthy of His love. Because He is our Father, He makes us worthy of His love. On our own, we are nothing,…

Closeness

Dear God Are You close? Or, are You far? Are You in my heart? Or, are You in the sky? I long for You But I cannot see You I believe in You But I cannot hear You You are here I know it with my mind But there is a strange pain A pain of longing…

Discrimination and Oppression Disguised Under Freedom

This is a different kind of article. I am an individual who lives in a country. A country is nothing but the people who live in it and make it what it is. I am one of those people and I will speak. I don’t typically engage in political conversations, because, frankly, ALL sides are…

Feeling inadequate

This is my second post for today, but that is OK…there is much buried inside. This post is another one of my Diaries of a Teacher… One of the biggest challenges for me to overcome now as an educator is feelings of inadequacy. With a personality that wants success in every step (i.e. a perfectionist),…

Are fear and anger first cousins?

Have you ever noticed that behind every angry person’s screams and violence that is a little scared child inside??? I think that whenever we get angry, the deeper wound we are experiencing is fear. We fear losing our jobs. We fear losing our health. We fear losing our families. We fear being wrong and losing…

The Confusion About Marriage

§§§ Because of our distorted image of human relationships, especially of marriage, many people walk around in the world feeling rejected and worthless. §§§ This is a post about marriage and relationships. Yet, this isn’t a post about how to fall in love with being single before entering into a relationship. Also, this isn’t a…