When the pastor telling you to work more suddenly sobs because he worked too much, you should pay attention. At least that’s what I thought God was teaching me . . .
I should back up. Early in my career, I faced a tension that most young professionals face—work-life balance. I was a 29-year-old pastor working 55 hours/week, trying to be a good minister, husband, and father at the same time.
One church member, however, believed I was failing miserably.... Read More
Did you spend a lot of time watching the Winter Olympics? NBC won the broadcast rights this year, and snow/ice sports programming was pretty much wall-to-wall on the network for the last couple of weeks. People love the stories of human drama and emotion; everybody cheers underdogs like the bobsled teams from tropical countries; and it’s a chance for little countries like Norway (39 total medals!) to dominate the big ones. Sports are like life—some days you fly down the... Read More
“Tingling pain in my wrist”
“How to change careers late in life”
“How to improve my marriage”
“Why isn’t my kid sleeping?”
“Not enough money for college”
“Mind racing in the middle of the night”
“Time management tips for super-busy people”
Our Google searches reveal a lot about us. Comb through my internet history and my library book check-out history and you’d learn a lot about my struggles.
You’d discover which aspects of new motherhood haven’t gone well for me,... Read More
I didn’t plan for that! It wasn’t supposed to happen this way! I can’t believe it!
Whether you are talking about a relationship falling apart, a child’s illness, a possible dam failure in California, a car accident, or a cancer diagnosis, none of us really thinks the worst will happen. But the worst does happen. To others—you can read it in news headlines. To friends—you’ll see it on social media. To you—you’ll get a middle-of-the-night phone call.
So what can... Read More
In my own personal situation and in our marriage, an organized life has without a doubt helped us make more space in our schedule, budget, and life for what matters.
So I wanted to write a post about the specific ways in which this is true. It’s just as much for my own sake as it is for yours.
If you’re like me, this post is to help you see the blessings in your natural tendencies, to make sure you’re... Read More