A traveling mug.

“I’ve got to get to work,” I said. “Let me put the rest of your coffee in your travel mug,” Tim said. I pulled it from the side pocket of my backpack. It’s the battered stainless cup that I’ve been using for years. I got it from a church insurance company at a conference. Road […]

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Delighting in the law.

“But what can I do instead?” I’d been talking to Tim about his grandmother’s words to him. She’s started every year with the same bit of counsel. Time smiled. “I’d ask her the same thing. ‘But what should I do instead?’ And she’d say, ‘learn God’s law.’ She’d see the look on my face.” Tim […]

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Think about what you are reading.

The second of January is a rough day to go to work. After a week of parties and food, a week of thinking about all the things that had gone wrong about the last year and all the things that you hope to change for the next year, everything is a little off. And you […]

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Avoid chatter.

“So how do I pay attention to what matters?” I asked Tim. “I make lists, I start projects, I make plans, but I get distracted all the time.” We were sitting in Lystra Tea Company, a coffee shop I just discovered in our town. Tim’s mom and grandmother have been running it for years. It’s […]

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Learning to pay attention.

The couple at the other end of our long table was debating about something. I didn’t want to listen closely. It sounded like one of those, “But you said.” “No I didn’t.” debates that get nowhere but aggravated. They settled back to silence, looking at their phones. I turned back to Tim. “I’ve been wanting […]

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