Why I Don’t Drink (or Smoke or Have Sex) and What I Actually Do For Fun – A Letter to My Future Children

by Katie S. My dear little ones, With nursing school coming to a close (!!!!) there is plenty of cause for celebration! Party time! It is fitting then that I have been asked several times over the last few weeks if I will drink when school gets over. After all, it could just be a one night thing. Right? A couple of drinks. Laughs with friends. Hopefully only a mild hangover the next day. Good times! Only, I won't. I could but I won't. I'm writing this, my loves, because when asked recently I...
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Not Understanding Helps Me Understand

by Lori F. I am continually surprised by the way new things happen in the same old situations. Despite the Teacher’s assertion that there’s nothing new under the sun, there’s still a lot of new light being shed. We attended an Easter service at the Kiel (Germany) ward of our church, and there was a lot I didn’t understand. I know several dozen words in German, perhaps even a hundred. But only a few of the ones I know came up in conversation or in the service, and they were positively swamp...
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What if I’m Not Good Enough?

by Marci M. “Fine for you,” some say, “but I’m not the churchgoing type. I’m just not good enough.” Even some churchgoers feel the same way: “I know you can pray and ask God for help, but me? My sins are too black, and I keep making the same dumb mistakes. I’m just not good enough.” I learned a new way of thinking about “good enough” from an experience with my daughter.  Now in her thirties, my daughter has made some unusual choices in life, such as a year living in the mountains in a yurt...
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How Can I Overcome a Weakness?

By Claire S I’ve got this terrible weakness: I love to sleep in—and I’m really good at it. It’s an ability I’ve been cultivating since I was little. In my last semester of sixth grade I had 54 “tardies” on my report card from waking up after the carpool came. By ninth grade, I could set three different alarm clocks and sleep through all of them. And then there was high school. In addition to my talent for sleep, I have a talent for music. I’ve taken violin lessons since I was a little girl...
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Should I Love My Enemies?

By Robert P Have you been bullied or persecuted? I certainly have. You would think that, having been victimized, I would vow never to do that myself - having suffered would have made me wiser, more noble, more enlightened. The social philosopher Eric Hoffer notes this is seldom the case - the oppressed usually can hardly wait until they can become the oppressors and get revenge. For every Nelson Mandela there are hundreds of angry souls demanding that you should do unto others as others did u...
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