Dealing with Change

Dealing with Change

How do you handle change?

Or, put another way, what do you do when everything is changing in your life?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about change. Seems like every week over the past couple of months, I’ve encountered a patient or family who are suddenly faced with a life-threatening illness or situation, and BOOM!, their whole world is different. 

Sudden, major changes in life can be seriously difficult to manage. And sometimes they can wreck our faith. This post will help you learn to process change and keep your faith intact.

Pick Better Memories: The key to a happy future.

Pick Better Memories: The key to a happy future.

If you want a happy future, you have to learn to pick better memories.

In recent weeks I heard different people I care about say all of the following things:

“Why does everything always have to be so hard?”
“I remember that trip. We fought all the way.”
“She feels like her life will never be good again.”

It’s tough out there, in life. We’re all in it together, but sometimes it seems like we’re being singled out to go through some particularly hard things, or a sequential string of very difficult days (or months, or years).

Eventually, after having experienced enough of these difficult events, we can resign ourselves to that being how it “always” is, or “always” will be.

That’s when we bring out the “never” or “can’t” or “always” labels and start sticking them all over our lives, our capabilities, our relationships, our health, or our happiness. I’m personally guilty of this at times, so I’m not singling you out, but I have to tell you that this behavior is very damaging to your neurochemistry, your psyche, and your future happiness.

What you allow yourself to think about is directly tied to how you feel. It’s not the other way around, although you can let it feel that way.

The Bestselling Book of All Time, with John Dickson [YST Podcast Episode 052]

The Bestselling Book of All Time, with John Dickson [YST Podcast Episode 052]

The Bible is the bestselling book, by far, in the history of publishing.

In fact, since the first printing press, no book has outsold the Bible in a year except one. In 2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows outsold the Bible, but the Good Book regained its number one slot the next year.

In this conversation, Dr. John Dickson and I discuss the remarkable story of the Bible, its success as a publication and the reasons why everyone- regardless of your beliefs- should read the Bible at least once.

The Greatest News Ever, with Max Lucado [YST Podcast Episode 049]

The Greatest News Ever, with Max Lucado [YST Podcast Episode 049]

In all of human history, only one story ranks as the greatest news ever.

I had a chance to talk with NYT bestselling author Max Lucado the other day. I invited Max onto the YST podcast because I wanted to hear his answer to a question my friend asked me: “Why do you believe that the only way to heaven is through Jesus?”

I’ve known Max for over ten years. He was my pastor in San Antonio, and has been friends with my wife and her family for many years. I knew Max would have a solid answer to my friend’s question, but I have to admit that he surprised me in this interview.

I expected to talk with Max about his writing career, hear about his most recent book, and then get into my question. But he just can’t help himself from talking about the thing that excites him the most.