Hope When You Feel Broken

After dealing with a giant pothole in the middle of the road for more than a year, Jackson, Mississippi, resident Eddie Prosser decided to do something that would get the city’s attention. He threw a birthday party for the pothole. Prosser put together a festive display at the pothole that featured birthday balloons and giant [...]

Moving Yourself from Misery to Joy

Some recognition you likely don’t want. It’s 2017. Just named the “most miserable year” in more than a decade. This according to Gallup’s Global Emotional Index study. This study of more than 145 countries found people are experiencing more worry, stress, physical pain, anger or sadness at any point since the polling started in 2005. [...]

Your Problems Help You Know God Better

Country music singer Garth Brooks wrote a popular song, “Unanswered Prayers,” in which he praised God for not giving him some of the things he had passionately prayed for in the past. The New Testament missionary and apostle, Paul, knew about unanswered prayer. Paul struggled with a painful difficulty in his life. Three times he [...]

Balancing Your Life With Boundaries

When I lived in Nashville, at the northeast corner of our backyard was a marker that designated our property line. The imaginary lines created by that marker separated my property from that of Mrs. Johnson who lived next door. When she would mow her grass, she would mow along that imaginary line, and when I [...]

5 Ways to Conquer Worry

A UK-firm recently polled 18,000 respondents across the globe asking what worried them most. The top worries of people around the world were: • Unemployment/jobs • Corruption and political scandals in their country • Poverty • Crime and violence • Healthcare, and • Terrorism What would you say worries you the most? Money to pay [...]

You Are Free to Choose–God’s Gift to You

I live near Rome, Georgia, home of the Rome Braves professional baseball team. The Rome Braves are the 1-A farm team for the major league Atlanta Braves. If you wanted to see the Rome Braves play you have choices of days of the week, choices of ticket prices, choices of where you wish to sit, [...]

Know Who You Are and You Will Have Hope

When I was a kid my dad’s side of the family celebrated annual family reunions. At each reunion, some adult would come up to me and ask, “Now, who are you?” I gave the same answer each year. “I am Leon Hardin’s son.” Do you know who you are? Not from some distant relative’s standpoint, [...]

Acting or Reacting

You might not know James Shaw, Jr., but you probably recognize what he did recently at a Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, Tennessee. Shaw and a friend stopped at the Waffle House for an early morning breakfast. That’s when Travis Reinking entered the restaurant with an assault rifle, and began shooting, killing 4 persons, and [...]

3 Things to Do When Life Knocks the Wind Out of You

Lenka, an Australian singer, belts a song titled, “Roll with the Punch.” A line in the song says, “When life tries to knock all the wind out of you, you've got to roll, roll, roll with the punches.” When last did life seem to knock the wind out of you? The death of someone you [...]

Valentine’s Day 2018, and Our Hope

Our hearts were broken on Valentine’s Day 2018 when Nikolas Cruz opened fire on Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 teachers and students. Any tragedy such as this one causes people to ask, “If there is a good and powerful God, then why is there so much evil and suffering in our [...]