If you spend your life pursuing happiness, it will always elude you.
That’s counterintuitive. So, let me explain by way of a story.
I totally bombed a timed essay competition in high school. The topic was the American Dream. Continue reading
[Listen to the Audio] Gunshots have been greeting us in the early morning hours of our weekends. The thump, thump and the crack, crack, crack penetrate our shutters before the sunlight can.
We’re not hearing gang turf battles or drug deals gone wrong. Duck hunters and deer hunters are opening fire at first light. From experience I also know that boats equipped with high-powered motors and sonar gear—along with a variety of smaller, humbler craft—are making their way more silently to fishing holes.
For us, this is business as usual. Our home sits by a lake in the midst of a massive pine forest. It’s hunting season. And if you’re the fishing sort, only work and foul weather keep you off the water. Continue reading
[Listen to the Audio] If you’re traveling north on US 165 from Lake Charles to Alexandria, Louisiana, you’ll see the billboard on your left in Oakdale. A man engulfed in flames is turning his anguished face toward a heaven so distant that neither he nor we can see it.
The sign reads: People on earth hate to hear the word repent! People in hell wish they could hear it one more time.
As I recall, the sign mentions neither a congregation nor a denomination. Whoever paid for the billboard seems to have thought that they were conveying the agreed-upon essence of the Christian message. Continue reading