Wrestle with life, then grow and learn

Wrestle with life, then grow and learnPublished: Friday, February 19, 2010 9:11 AM US/easternBy NATHAN DAY WILSON Wrestling with life, while always difficult and sometimes traumatic, is both unavoidable and, more importantly, necessary because wrestling with life helps us develop vision in life as well as expectations. Wrestling with life gives us insight as wellContinue reading “Wrestle with life, then grow and learn”

What means much to you?

Father never accepted any gift from his students, but when his daughter became a teacher, she never refused any gifts from her students. The father was upset by this practice, so one day he reproached his daughter: “I do not accept any gift because gifts mean nothing to me. It pains me to know thatContinue reading “What means much to you?”

Be convicted but not close-minded!

What do I mean? Well, thanks for asking; here’s what I mean: We are convicted that love really is better than hate; that violence really does not work, and always leads to more violence; that it is better to focus on giving instead of getting. We are convicted that diversity may be the hardest thingContinue reading “Be convicted but not close-minded!”

The challenges, pains, rewards of leadership

I benefitted from spending a few days with ministry colleagues this week at Wabash College. Part of our time was spent discussing the ideas in Leadership without Easy Answers with each other and with the book’s author, Ronald Heifetz. Heifetz was a great conversation partner for us: thoughtful, engaging and genuinely interested in hearing ourContinue reading “The challenges, pains, rewards of leadership”

Spirituality = Happiness?

I’m not yet sure of the study’s parameters or details, because I haven’t made time to read the study in depth, but I am interested in its findings: Children between the ages of 8 and 12 who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop quality relationships are happier. The authors ofContinue reading “Spirituality = Happiness?”

College students today

Almost 2 million first-year college and university students are heading back to schools around the country this month. Many of them were born around 1990 when headlines sounded more than a little familiar: Big Three car companies were facing declining sales and profits; a president named Bush was increasing the number of troops in theContinue reading “College students today”