Tag Archives: priorities

Living into hope

It’s a question that keeps coming up. I often ask it of myself, like I ask it of congregations in transition. “What are you living for, in detail, and what keeps you from living fully for the thing you want to live for.” It’s an especially good question in a crisis, when some condition or […]

The one thing necessary

Martha “was distracted by her many tasks,” the scriptures tell us (Luke 10:38-42), and she didn’t even have Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. It’s no wonder we’re distracted today. Ask a room full of busy professionals how they feel most days and you’re likely to find that just about everyone swims in a flood of distractions, […]

Restacking for a better load

National Poetry Month, Day 9  //  There are times when there’s nothing to do but stop and start over. I’ve experienced several such times, and I’ve gained so much from the stopping that it has become a staple of my spiritual practice. Emerson advised finishing one day before beginning the next and interposing a solid […]

God Is Jealous

The main thing in life, someone said, is to keep the main thing the main thing. Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.1 Albert Gray, a Prudential Life Insurance Company officer known nationwide as a writer and speaker, spent his life searching for the one common denominator […]

On the power of faith

A boy named James wanted to be the most famous – and the wealthiest – maker and seller of cheese in the world, so he started a small business with a little wagon and a pony named Paddy. After making his cheese, he would load his wagon, and he and Paddy would drive into the […]