Courtney T. Ball

Category - Life

Remember the Stars

Image from Y. Beletsky (LCO)/ESO – , CC BY 4.0, First, remember the stars. No matter how great our ugliness grows, it will never have the power to touch the astronomically huge beauty that simply exists–for eternity–whether we acknowledge it or not. This difficult day (and indeed your entire life) is but a moment. It will pass...

Which Gospel are You Selling?

People buy stories, not the truth. Not long ago I read the helpful book All Marketers are Liars, by Seth Godin. Actually, the copy I picked up was a later edition, on which the phrase “are liars” had been scratched out and changed to “tell stories”. The basic premise of the book is that people buy goods or services...

I’m the Lucky One

Yesterday I attended a retreat as part of a media summit focused on trauma and resilience. We were given a writing assignment in which we were asked to honestly reflect on a personal story of unresolved trauma. *         *         * If I’m honest, I don’t feel any deep reservoir of unresolved trauma. Sure, I’ve...

Give Me the Good News

Good news can make you stronger. Early Christian storytellers knew this. They took the tragedy of their hero’s execution and turned it into a “good news” story of resurrection. No one today can empirically prove whether or not they made that last bit up, but either way there is plenty of evidence the tactic worked. The good news...

Misunderstanding Purpose

Why did you get out of bed this morning? My guess is your answer involves more than, “I got bored with lying there,” or, “I had to go to the bathroom.” Okay, maybe you did have to go to the bathroom, but after that, you probably had some task to get done, right? Go to work. Get the kids off to school. Meet a deadline. Earn...

Real Community

My Camp Golden Valley Community. After almost 20 years, they’re like another set of relatives. Both my brothers have told me more than once, “Community for the sake of community is not enough.” (Strangely, we have these kinds of conversations.) I get what they mean, but I think they’re wrong. What they mean is that a...