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God needs “Cliffs Notes”

God needs “Cliffs Notes”

Yesterday I was looking through Ecclesiastes, which is a mostly confusing bummer of a book. Some highlights: Everything is meaningless. For people and animals share the same fate — both breathe and both must die. So people have no real advantage over the animals. How meaningless! We […]

This is not a greenhouse.

This is not a greenhouse.

As kids, my sister and I convinced our parents to rent a local garden plot. We had high aspirations — tomatoes! Sunflowers! Corn! Cucumbers! At first, gardening was fun. We bought seeds and hung cute little signs indicating what would grow where. We hauled water from the […]

The solution to anxiety about your future: do the First Best Pass.

The solution to anxiety about your future: do the First Best Pass.

At a buffet, you have to think strategically to eat to the max. If you come back for seconds and the rolls are all gone, tough luck. Life decisions seem similar. I talk to a lot of people who are frozen in anxiety — not sure whether […]

Saying “no” to make room

Saying “no” to make room

My husband recently quit a volunteer team at church. He’d been helping out in the parking lot for a few years and enjoyed it — even when it was 40 degrees, or raining, or 40 degrees and raining. He even got to be in charge of the […]

Why is it so hard to follow through?

Why is it so hard to follow through?

Don’t we love underdog stories? Person overcomes obstacles to become influential, wealthy, or at the top of their game. That’s why people like the Olympics — it appeals to the triumph of the human spirit, whatever that means. Or why people love March Madness, where the big-name […]