Knee Deep

Frankly, it feels like circumstances should always work out well for people who are good. It should always end badly for people who are bad. Agreed? I’m sitting in a surgical waiting room with a guy at the hospital. His wife started having pains a few days before, and suddenly she’s under the knife. We…

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Lenten Reading Schedule for 2019

A number of people have used True Stories as bedtime reading, since each selection takes less than five minutes to read. Whether you formally observe the season of Lent in some way or not, the seven weeks leading up to Resurrection Sunday are a wonderful opportunity to focus on the unmatchable love of God in…

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A Very Short Holiday Story #1

Marcella tugged on the wrapping paper of the last gift. It held fast, bound by the nasty double-stick tape that somebody used to wrap it. “The knife.” She pointed the words at Jake. Her husband extended his right leg then slouched in his chair to retrieve the instrument from his jeans’ front pocket. “Here ya…

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A Very Short Holiday Story #2

Marcus wasn’t that old, but certainly old enough to rank a senior coffee at McDonald’s and resent their stupid self-service order station. Thankfully, a cashier let him skip the digital screen and order in person. “That’s 75 cents,” she said without checking his ID. He paid cash and moved to the counter marked “pick up…

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A Very Short Holiday Story #3

Darius’ holiday Starbucks cup teetered on top of a month’s worth of end-table clutter as he settled into the recliner. Was he the only person who still watched news on a broadcast station? First up, the stock market was in a gloomy mood today. Darius felt the same. He hoped it wouldn’t signal another loss…

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Second Place Winners

The hardest thing that someone can require of me is patience. Or forgiveness. Or anything else that makes me give up first place. I like to be first, not only in proficiency but in importance. I don’t mean I want to stand on a pedestal and have people shout praises; that would just be embarrassing.…

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Wishing in Princes

In the princess world, wishes lead to happiness. “Happily ever after” finds traction in our lives because we desperately want it to be true. But it’s not. It’s make-believe. So why do we keep exercising our wishbone, as if it will magically make our dreams come true? The problem isn’t our wishes, but the dreams…

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Loose Change

It’s not that I’m disappointed when things change. The problem is when they don’t change into what I expected. We and the world thrive on change, as long the changes are pleasant and satisfying to our current circumstances. Change is a part of growth – and that’s why we should also embrace the changes Jesus…

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Introduction

One morning, 800 people at our company were called into meetings in far-flung cities to hear some startling news: We were losing our jobs. For a good 15 minutes the formal announcement left me breathless and unbelieving. It reminded me of the moment when I first broke a bone – a common injury that I…

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