May 29: God Is Always There

Swimmer Missy Franklin’s hard work and dedication led to her winning four gold medals and one bronze at the 2012 summer Olympics.  The teen also credits God with being by her side through it all.Though Franklin wasn’t brought up in a religious home, she started growing in her Christian faith because of her current high school, Regis Jesuit in Aurora, Colorado.  She told the website that she felt God’s presence upon first entering the school—and her experiences there continue to … [Read more...]

May 28: The Horse Whisperer

Violence from his abusive father was a regular part of Buck Brannaman’s life growing up on the rodeo circuit.  But loving concern from the foster family that took him in, along with his natural rapport with horses, transformed Brannaman into a gentle man now known as the real-life “horse whisperer.”The documentary film “Buck,” which earned a 2011 Christopher Award, follows Brannaman around the country as he holds clinics for people interested in learning to ride horses—and for those who own e … [Read more...]

May 27: Standing Up for Heroes

Inspired by movies like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Hank Hughes grew up wanting to become a filmmaker.  His love of country, however, led him into the U.S. Army where he became a captain and a decorated platoon leader who served two tours in Afghanistan.Now retired from the Army, Hughes is hoping to pursue his original career path, but finds it difficult.  He told ABC News, “You return home in a bit of a time machine.  Everyone else has moved on, and you've just arrived.”As par … [Read more...]

May 26: How’s Your Attitude?

Christian pastor Charles Swindoll, who’s authored books like Encouragement for Life, once wrote the following about the importance of attitude in creating a successful life:“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, gifted … [Read more...]

May 25: Remote Control Man

The next time you’re channel surfing, offer a thank you to Eugene Polley.Beginning his career in the stockroom of Zenith Electronics Corporation, Polley rose through the engineering ranks to invent the remote control device, called the Flash-Matic, in 1955.While another device existed prior to Polley’s creation, it required attachment to the television set. Eugene Polley’s remote worked like a flashlight, the beam of light making the magic happen. A short time later, however, his device w … [Read more...]

May 24: Souls, Not Goals

“Our number one goal is not winning games [but] to bring glory to God,” said Mark Steffens, an atypical sports coach guiding an uncommon soccer squad.Steffens coaches the Charlotte Eagles, members of the United Soccer League in North Carolina. Though they play at a professional level, the team’s focus is more on having players who “do the right thing” on and off the field.  As Elizabeth Johnson writes on, the team was established in 1993 with two goals:“First, teach men to live fo … [Read more...]

May 23: You’ll Never Guess Who Did This

A driver banged into another car as he pulled out of a supermarket parking lot in Oroville, California.The unidentified man got out of his care and left a note on the windshield of the vehicle he hit.  He then banged into two more cars, also leaving notes, before finally making it to the street.A bystander who saw what happened went to read what the driver wrote on the notes.  They read, “You’ll never guess who did this.”The bystander then added this message to the bottom of each note … [Read more...]

May 22: Finding the “Richness” in You

Fifty-two-year-old Albanian immigrant Gac Filipaj has worked as a janitor at Columbia University in Manhattan for half of his life.  And in May 2012, he was part of Columbia’s graduating class as well.  It took Filipaj 12 years to obtain a bachelor’s degree in classics, but his work was worth the effort.“This is a man with great pride, whether he’s doing custodial work or academics,” declared Peter Awn, dean of Columbia’s School of General Studies.  “He’s one individual who makes his own futu … [Read more...]