integrity

Integrity Holds You Together

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Life Skills 2 Comments

The headlines over the last month have reminded us again of the true condition of our culture. One after another we have seen celebrity and media personalities be exposed for their dark sides and darker secrets. The tragedy goes much farther than the abuse many have experienced, horrible as that is.  Now, marriages, families, careers, and friendships are splintered because …

judging

Drowning In Our Own Judgment

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Life Skills

‘She’s so full of herself.’ ‘All they think about is money.’ ‘He’s just saying sorry so he doesn’t look bad.’  For all the technological breakthroughs we’ve witnessed in the last 20 years, perhaps the thing the human race has advanced in the most is judgment.  With the rise in faceless communication, social media and endless op-eds people have become more …

breakthrough

No Breakthrough Without a Breaking

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Life Skills

You’ve begged, pleaded, fasted, prayed and still the mountain hasn’t moved.  You’re reading books, asking for advice and doing everything you know to do to break through that thing that has been vexing you for so long.  It could be a relational problem, a work-related issue, a physical challenge or even a spiritual obstacle.  All of us have found ourselves …

good grief

Good Grief – The Pain That Heals All Others

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Life Skills

There is nothing enjoyable about hurting. People can say they like being sore after a workout or that they get a rush from muscling through challenging physical feats but, even still, it’s not pleasant.  What’s worse than physical pain is emotional pain.  Deep wounds that come from damaging words, abuse or the loss of a loved one are challenging to …