Grass is Green Because It’s Healthy

In America, we have a common saying: “The grass is greener on the other side.” This myth, which rubs against the encouragement to bloom where you’re planted, is the justification thousands have used to pursue new careers, new relationships, new religions, and even new marriages. In Atlas of the Heart, … Read More

Delight = Success?

You will obey the Lord again. You will obey all his commands that I’m giving you today. Then the Lord your God will give you great success in everything you do. You will have many children. Your livestock will have many little ones. Your crops will do very well. The … Read More

Addressing Straw Man Arguments

The experiences of those of us who grew up in the church vary greatly. The older I get, the more I understand that the people who mentored me throughout my formative years, especially high school and college, understood that I would encounter challenging questions and experiences that could cause me … Read More

Maximize the Moment Without Burning Out

In 1956 Herbert A.Simons created a decision-making strategy he labeled satisficing. Satisfiers accept good enough. They don’t obsess over other options and can move on after deciding. Simons chose this word by combining satisfy and suffice. Satisfiers examine and weigh their options when making decisions. They are not rash. However, … Read More

Happy 17th Birthday Elijah

Dear Son, Today on your seventeenth birthday, I can’t help but reflect on the past two years and marvel at all the ways you have intentionally stepped on the path toward adulthood. You’ve experienced so many fun teenage milestones like obtaining your driver’s license and taking your first college tours. … Read More