Thank You, God

Thank You, God

Occasionally I get the opportunity to do a presentation that grew from my friendship with the late Fred Rogers, of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Though I doubt he’ll ever be canonized, Fred was about the closest thing to a saint that I ever knew, and his constant...
Expressions of Kindness Give U.S. Adults Hope

Expressions of Kindness Give U.S. Adults Hope

Kindness is the leading cause of hope among U.S. adults, a recent LifeWay Research survey found. Forty percent of respondents said, “kindness people have shown” when presented the question, “What has given you hope during the adversity you have seen recently?”...
How Simple Acts Can Counter Meanness

How Simple Acts Can Counter Meanness

“Hurry up,” an agitated man in the cafeteria checkout line kept mumbling. My friend Bob, a very gentle soul, turned to him and said, “Take it easy. You’ll live longer.” I thought they were friends and that this was friendly banter. Instead, the man followed him into...
Be Kind: A Simple Practice to Change the World

Be Kind: A Simple Practice to Change the World

Alex Kotlowitz is one of my favorite non-fiction writers. He wrote a remarkable book in 1992 titled There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America. It’s the story of Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers, 11- and 9-year-old brothers...
America, We Still Do Not Know

America, We Still Do Not Know

We still do not have a clear answer to the question, “America, who are we?” At the time of this writing, I do not know the winner of the presidential election or the final outcome regarding control of the U.S. Congress. For the purpose of this column, it...