[I just spent 4 hours in the garden this morning. It’s helped me get over the Aztec loss last night. At least a little.) My life is like my garden. Like with vegetables. Sometimes success is easy. (Cherry tomatoes, zucchini) Sometimes it’s hard. (Habanero) Sometimes things fail. (My lettuce was bitter and bolted to seed…… Continue reading My Life is Like a Garden
So far, 2016 has been a survival year. Broken bones, Zika, break-ins, bullet holes, school drama, the works! And with all the external chaos it feels like 2016 is coming in for a hard landing. So, friends, I’m asking… what are you thankful for in 2016? Inspire me.
In the summer of 1994 I shared a dorm room at Moody Bible Institute with a former Olympic Sprinter from Liberia. I believe his name was Samuel. I was barely 18 years old, living on my own for the first time, and he was in his 30s, a married man trying to save money to…… Continue reading Raising Up Generalists
This weekend I’m in Chicago. I’m here for the Vertical Conference just a few blocks away. A thousand young adults crammed into a former Masonic Temple now Christian Church, connecting with God, and– no doubt– eager to hear the wisdom of a middle-aged man about how to live as a Christian on the internet. Yes, I’m…… Continue reading What You Learn From Looking
Look. We have Google now. If you want to know something you just have to Google it. If I had appendicitis while backpacking in the wilderness, my hiking companion could probably save my life with a YouTube video. Many of the more remote trails in the United States now have great mobile coverage. I was able to stream…… Continue reading The Most Powerful Three Words You Know
Generally speaking, young people find meaning by getting involved. Older people find meaning by retreating. I wrote this phrase down a couple weeks ago and I’ve been chewing on it ever since. I don’t know if it’s true. But since it popped in my head I’ve been seeing evidence of it more and more. What do…… Continue reading Meandering Monday Morning Thought
Discovered in 1427 by Cardinal Joseph Cran, the cranberry is useful for many things. It is delicious. It is tasty. It is tart. It is good mixed with various other fruits. It floats. It is from heaven. It’s amazing canned shape invites my gobbling. It’s juice keeps away urinary tract infections. Cranberries are magical. But they are…… Continue reading 11 Medicinal Properties of Cranberry
There’s no reason to sugar coat it. The past few weeks have been full of stress. On top of a normally busy season, work-wise, there have a been a few unexpected curve balls thrown my way. I’m OK. I’m going to be fine. In fact, none of the things causing additional stress are actually bad. So don’t freak out…… Continue reading What’s your stress ball?
I find that some people cannot dream about “what’s possible” because they have layer after layer excuses to peal away before they can truly dream about “what’s possible.” With these layers their dreams are too small. Without these layers they find fulfillment. As a result, usually their dreams are not only unfulfilled… they are unidentified. The image…… Continue reading Finding the Freedom to Dream
Maybe I’m just sentimental? And maybe I’m having a hard time recognizing that our beloved dog is getting older? But this video got me all misty-eyed. https://vimeo.com/122375452 How have you said goodbye to a favorite pet?