Going for two in a row.

(Part of a series this week on choosing to learn. First published April 3, 2013) As we make changes in our lives, we need to relax into the routines. We need to learn to take our actions from “days in a row” to “weeks in a row” to “months in a row” to “seasons in […]

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Faltering isn’t failing

I was trying to answer a question about Lent. My friend said, “Describe the feeling that people are experiencing that observing Lent could help with.” I wrote, “When you feel frustrated with faltering again on goals and resolutions.” And I laughed. The truth is that many of us describe outcomes as “failures.” We started the […]

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Lent is an opportunity, not an obligation. Maybe.

Some of my friends with spiritual interests anticipate Lent with a sense of gratitude. They are thankful for what they learn about themselves through the disciplines of giving up and of moving toward God. They appreciate the invitation to participate with others known as the Body of Christ. I have other friends who argue a […]

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How routines can shape our lives.

I don’t think of Lent as a time to form habits. I think of it as a time to give up. But embracing something new always has in it surrender. And surrender always has offers something new. So what if I approached Lent as a time of testing? Not being tested as much as testing […]

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“I’m listening”

Samuel was a young man, probably in his teens. He’d been living at the tabernacle since he was young, maybe five or six. Eli slept within earshot of the tabernacle. Samuel did as well. It meant that they could protect and pray, that the holiness of God wasn’t left alone. Every night at twilight, a […]

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