A Promise Of Stars In The Darkest Of Nights: Hope After A Year’s Breaking

For the reader whose 2019 hasn’t been the best journey: The year is ending.  Your emotions stir like a contrast of colors. Dark streaks stain the bright. You trace the silver lining on your worst months. There’s still something to be grateful for. Yet those months remind you of how these scars were formed. It …

Tribute To The Modern-Day Martyrs

[Greater Suffering] Imagine this. Government officers barge into your house at night. They don’t only drag you out, but they also grab your parents and the kids too. You’re all thrust into concentration camps. Interrogated. Tortured. Locked away forever. Your crime? You believe in Jesus. Personally, the common kind of suffering I’ve experienced is stress …

Small but Significant: A Lesson from Daisies and Sunflowers

[Dealing With Comparison] Everyone loves sunflowers. They’re bright and alive, sunny petals raised towards the skies. Eye-catching. Beautiful. The center of attention. Sunflowers are easily the stars of the garden, singing of their Creator’s glory. I wanted to be a sunflower—prominent and visible. But I felt like a daisy. [The Daisy Complex] I was small …

Why True Beauty Doesn’t Try

[Two Different Kinds of Beauty] A music video splashes across the screen in psychedelic colors, throbbing with imposing bass-lines. The star dances like she’s the most attractive goddess on earth. I sit in the comfort of my bedroom, pondering how our culture finds this beautiful. The star bends and twirls. Her ultra-revealing clothes leave no room …