Diana Delacruz

How to Leave a Legacy

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A lot of hype among the world’s great names these days revolves around the idea of bequeathing an enduring legacy of accomplishment. We all use the incredible treasure of life in different ways, but to leave a legacy worth passing on, we must invest our time on earth, rather than merely spend it. When I …

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Happy Labor Days

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Labor Laetitia Nostra—“Work is our happiness”—is an old Latin motto that a lot of people would probably dispute these days. But with a change of outlook, many of the Labor Days of our lives—whether fishing, driving, or keyboarding—could metamorphose into a Long Weekend Bash. “The secret of happiness,” said J. M. Barrie (the creator of …

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10 Favorite Places in Chile

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More than 35 years ago, we began our missionary career in the evergreen south of Chile. Now we’re experiencing our grand finale in the desert north. Every travel opportunity offers further education and additional story settings. Today I’m going to share my top 10 favorite places in Chile. Along with ministry, I intend never to …

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The One Priority

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What’s your number-one priority—your one big thing? What’s the great goal of your life, and more specific yet, which of today’s priorities aim toward that purpose? A while ago, I gave up the juggling performance. I don’t order my life according to a priority list anymore. There is only one priority, and everything else in …

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Beach Benefits

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As beach season spikes in North America—and we shake off winter’s grip in our area of South America—why don’t I make that 5-minute skip down the hill to the beach more often? Good question. After all, it’s farther for me to buy groceries than to enjoy those beach benefits. “The beach is calling, and I …

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The Slow Road to Sainthood

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Yes, I know we evangelicals believe that every born-again believer is a saint, in the positional sense. Through the grace of Jesus Christ, we’ve already been set apart for a holy calling. We’ve arrived. But practically? Rather than any fast-track path, most of us—myself included—still plod along the slow road to sainthood. Back in our …

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New Legends of Chiloé

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“If you want to change the world, pick up a pen,” Martin Luther said—and did. Thirty-two years ago, as a young wife and mother in the (almost) godforsaken Islands of Chiloé, I decided I wanted to change the strangely delusional world I lived in. So I picked up a pen and began to write some …

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The Gift of Grit

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If I possess a hundred gifts and talents, but lack the discipline and determination to put them to work, of what good are they? All our graciously bestowed gifts can’t benefit anyone—even ourselves—without the gift of grit to wisely persevere in using them. “Grit,” according to my dictionary, has several intriguing definitions. Aside from its …

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Total Eclipse

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Amid last week’s furor in Chile over the total eclipse of the sun, I was reminded of those times when we provoke a total eclipse of the gifts God has blessed us with. Some days we’re tempted to hide our lights and obscure the talents we’ve received by grace. In our area near the Elqui …

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