Sunday, December 14, 2014
I'm not sure how I'd feel if, for my birthday, my friends gave gifts to everyone but me. Yet that's exactly what Christ wants. One of his most familiar teachings gains fresh meaning when applied to the Christmas season:
Saturday, December 6, 2014
|Image credit: "Stilling the Storm," by Ted Henninger|
Jonathan's note: Although I am a deeply religious person, I have the utmost respect for those who do not share my beliefs. I share this deeply personal poem, which I wrote years ago in a time of personal turmoil, in the hope that it will bring spiritual relief to those looking for such.
Friday, November 28, 2014
In my observation there are two schools of thought about guilt. The first is that it's a healthy emotion that inspires us to change our behavior, while the second argues that guilt contributes to feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness that impede our growth. So is guilt healthy or harmful?
The truth is, it can be either. Like fire, guilt can be beneficial or destructive depending on its use. Here are two simple questions to determine whether your guilt is healthy or harmful.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
|Image: "It's True, Sir. All Present and Accounted For" by Clark Kelley Price|
Jonathan's note: Although I am a religious person, I learn from many different faiths. I respect the variety of beliefs held by my clients, friends, and readers. The target audience of this particular article is fellow Latter-day Saints, but it's written to be accessible to anyone, as the principles have universal appeal. My intent is not to convert my readers, but to strengthen marriages and families.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
One night, while stargazing near Brian Head, Utah I noticed an especially bright star in my right periphery. Stunned by its brilliance, I shifted my gaze to admire it directly. It disappeared. Black space existed where the star had been. Thinking that I was mistaken, I looked elsewhere only to have it appear again, shining brightly once more in my peripheral vision! Time and again, when I looked right at it, the star vanished. When I focused instead on the surrounding stars, it reappeared.