When my wife Amber and I married each other, a lot changed for both of us in the days immediately after our marriage. For instance, we went from two separate bank accounts to one, joint bank account.
All of a sudden someone else could see everything I was spending my money on. I remember well the days before I got married, when I could buy video games and technological gadgets without really asking anyone for permission, just because I wanted to.
Those days are long, long gone.
Things changed because I became responsible for more than just myself.
Before we got married, I had a car and, Amber did not. After we were married, if someone asked Amber if she had a car, she’d say yes, of course I do. My things stopped being my things and became our things. In effect, my stuff became her stuff. And while it took some getting used to, I really didn’t mind. Why is that? Because the relationship was worth it.
Because on a summer day in 2005, I gave Amber my heart, and everything else followed from that.
Continue reading If your heart belongs to God, so does everything else
I have loved the song “Waiting here for you” for a long time. This version by Martin Smith is now my favorite.
I love the transition here from quiet and contemplative to super energetic and back. Great example of how film and music can work together to make an overall greater impact than either one on its own.
In David Allen’s classic book on personal productivity, Getting Things Done he describes an ideal state of mind:
Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond. How does the water respond? The answer is, totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to calm. It doesn’t overreact or underreact.
So why do we care about this?
A mind like water is a disciplined mind, a mind focused on the right things, at the right times. David Allen places this in the context of personal productivity, getting the things you need to get done, done. David Allen’s Getting Things Done system can help you clear the clutter from your daily task list and help you order your life in a way that is consistent with your values.
I think there’s actually a spiritual component to this, if we’re open to it: the very biblical concepts of stewardship and working “as for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23). Continue reading How to have a mind like water
Christmas is all the rage in our culture right now…but I say we slow down and do something counter-cultural.
Let’s savor Advent so we can better celebrate Christmas.
Here are 3 reasons why:
Continue reading 3 reasons you should be savoring Advent to better celebrate Christmas
My good friend J.B.W. Tucker is one of the deepest, most logical thinkers I know, and he disagrees with me on whether the Reformation is worth celebrating.
I tend to view it as a tragic necessity
at best, but Tucker makes a compelling argument that the Reformation wasn’t just necessary, but ultimately good.
Because of this, it’s worth the celebration for him.
We may not see eye-to-eye on every aspect of this, but there’s a ton of great stuff worth thinking about in his essay. Check it out now, and don’t forget to sign up for his mailing list so you can get more of his thought-provoking work.