We landed in a field outside the car. It happened so fast. Everything spinning. Then the grinding noise became a thud. Smoke rising in the distance. And I remember feeling grief—strangely enough. I knew my parents would be devastated if I died. I couldn’t die, but I feared I would. Soon the grief turned to … More My Scrape with Death
Even after 20 years of being in recovery, I still can feel hopeless and anxious. Not too long ago I was in a dark night of the soul, as we all have from time to time. I felt like I was losing my peace of mind, my sobriety, my physical health, my integrity, my character, … More Anxiety Exists in the Vacuum of Hopelessness
Over the last few years I have settled into a place of shame. I compare myself to others. What am I supposed to be? What am I expected to be? I despise myself for not having more success and for not having a greater impact on my community. This leads me to feelings of guilt … More The Zacchaeus Trap
Over the last few years, I have reread Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s biography by Eric Metaxas several times, captivated by Bonhoeffer’s relentless hope in the most perilous of times. He was a well-known German pastor, theologian, and vocal opponent to the Nazi dictatorship in WWII, eventually executed by the Nazis for his outspoken faith and political activism, … More In Pursuit of Peace
By: Scott Reall One day, as Jesus was walking through Samaria on a hot day, he came upon a well in the middle of the desert. Nobody was there except this Samaritan woman. Jesus and the woman got into a discussion about her life—as Christ often does; pulling us out of deep isolation and exposing … More Thirsty for Meaning
By: Scott Reall Do you remember your new year’s resolution? Probably not. In fact, we know that more than 90% of New-Year Resolutions have failed by March. Unless you are part of the 10%, you are probably shrugging your shoulders and thinking, ‘well there’s always next year.’ Lasting change is hard work, and total transformation … More The 3 Elements of Change
I believe the answer is in the transformation of my heart. Peace comes from entrusting God with all my life—not just “spiritual” places, but deep into the recesses of my human heart. … More Am I living a fear-based life or a faith-based life?