How to Face the Future without Fear

God gives only one way to make it happen.

My favorite New Years Eve happened before the infamous Y2K. I pulled a practical joke that made the people in my grandmother’s house believe their fears about the future were true.

How to Face the Future without Fear

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My relatives had gathered to watch the televised countdown at New York City’s Times Square. Midnight hit America first on the east coast, so all eyes waited to see what would happen at midnight.

  • Would all power go dark in America?
  • Would computers suddenly stop working?
  • Should we stockpile more food?

While no one was looking, I snuck outside and found the breaker box to my grandmother’s house.

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Redeeming the Time this Year

Why you must buy out each moment for all it's worth.

Some years ago I surprised my family by taking them to “Disney on Ice.” When I pre-purchased the tickets for $67.90, the salesperson told me to pick them up at the Will Call window. No problem, I thought.

Redeeming the Seasons of Life this Year

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She then warned me that they offered no refunds or transfers. “Fine,” I said—and scribbled the date and time on my calendar.

As the date approached, I watched my daughters’ excitement reach a fever pitch. Not even my wife knew what the surprise was.

As it turned out, neither did I.

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