Imagine you are on a rugged mountain path that’s winding its way up, higher and higher. It is snowing, and the cold is stinging your eyes. For a moment you rest, holding on to a sturdy fir tree, but you realize it is not a place where you can wait for too long, as the temperatures have dropped so much that you can hardly feel your fingers. You have to go on, but it is a treacherous journey. You can barely see the road ahead, and the dark abyss is near. You have a map, but what good is a map in weather like this and the markings on the road have disappeared because of the snow. You just have to struggle on and hope your sense of direction won’t let you down. What worries you the most is that this is only the beginning of the journey. The hardest part still has to come. What’s more, daylight is fading, and soon you’ll be surrounded by darkness. But you areContinue reading »

The other day I read a touching anecdote which deserves to be shared. A father and his daughter were no longer on speaking terms. Things had happened and as a result, they both had locked away the love they had once felt for each other in the dungeons of their hearts. One day the daughter heard that the father was dying and she decided to at least see the old man one last time before he would pass on to the next world. When she sat at his bedside both of them were still. What could they say? At last, the dying man broke the silence and whispered, “My dear child, do you know that I have always loved you? I am so very sorry for the things I did wrong.” The daughter looked at him, and the bitterness welled up in her heart. “You said, you would always be there for me… But you weren’t. You hurt me that way.” The old man raised his bushy eyebrows. “How, child?Continue reading »

Imagine that. A beautiful puzzle of a mighty snow-capped mountain somewhere in Austria. 2000 pieces big and with the warning that it’s only suitable for experienced puzzlers. Can we do it? I am certain that, with enough time and several strong cups of coffee, a lot can be done. But what would happen if I would put those 2000 pieces in some sort of shaking machine and would start shaking them around for weeks, no, maybe even for years on end? Would I eventually get the complete puzzle of that rustic nature scene? No, I would not. Of course, some pieces would coincidentally fall into the right positions, yet others would get stuck in the wrong places, and after a certain amount of time, whole pieces would break off again. Science would say that the puzzle would reach ‘equilibrium.’ Some sort of balance would develop between good fitting pieces and bad fitting pieces and the breaking off of puzzle pieces. After a certain amount of time, the puzzle would simplyContinue reading »

“In the world, you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” * These words Jesus spoke to His disciples shortly before His crucifixion, and they are a wonderful and comforting promise to us, His children, who are so often confused by the struggles we face. It is a reality that we will face trouble in this world, unlike the popular idea that God should take all suffering away from us and give us clear sailing from the cradle to the grave. According to Jesus himself, this will never happen. And it is easy to understand why. This worldly system and its shallow principles are not guided by the Spirit of God. In fact, they are guided by entirely different forces, forces that do not like to be acquainted with God and His heavenly ideas. And because of that, we can be certain there will be lots of tribulation. Does it matter? Not really, because Jesus has already won our main battle. Our destiny isContinue reading »

Once upon a time an Indian and a rich businessman were both listening to a moving sermon. The Spirit was knocking on their hearts and both felt the desire to open their hearts to Jesus. The Indian did so at once, but the rich man couldn’t quite take the step. In fact, it took him months before he finally surrendered. Later the man asked the Indian rather puzzled,”Tell me Wanakatou, how come you were able to give your heart to Jesus so easily, while it took me months before I could make that decision?” “That very simple,” the Indian answered. “Imagine there is a prince who wants to give us beautiful new clothes. I only had a pair of ripped pants and smudgy blanket to wrap around body to keep warm. You not like me. You already think you have fine clothes. I hated my dirty blanket but not you. You like your clothes. I had nothing to be proud of, but you did. So, I very happy to hearContinue reading »

The actor Heath Ledger died in 2008 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs several months after filming was completed for the movie “The Dark Knight” in which Ledger portrayed Batman’s nemesis the Joker. Late in 2007, Ledger told The New York Times he was prescribed Ambien for an extreme period of insomnia, where he would sleep less than three hours a night, haunted by his character who he called a “psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.” In that same interview, Heath also confided his “body was exhausted” even as his mind would not shut down. A German documentary about the actor’s life tells of his intense preparation for portraying the Joker. To get into the mind of the villain, Heath immersed himself in preparation by literally locking himself in a London hotel room for a month, reading any and all comics pertaining to the movie plot, experimenting with voices taking inspiration from hyenas, clowns and Alex DeLearge from “A Clockwork Orange,” and creating an perfecting “a somewhat… iconic…Continue reading »

Choices are made Every step of the way Some choices are good Some…are bad I thought I knew The difference Always Passed the red light Passed the warning signs Passed the barricades And the yellow tape All around I heard their calls I ignored their pleas I pushed them away As they tried to tell me My knowledge superior My understanding the best My wisdom undeniable Truth be told… Better than the rest Lessons are learned Through the experiences Of life When Angels fail To save me When friends fail To convince me When I refuse Sound judgement There’s only one thing Left to do Let me fall