God works through ordinary, simple, physical acts as much as anything else.

Never Underestimate The Spiritual Importance Of A Nap

There is a passage of Scripture that makes the rounds on social media, one that I really love. It tells a story that took place during the prophet Elijah’s flight from the reach of Ahab and Jezebel:  Continue reading “Never Underestimate The Spiritual Importance Of A Nap”

Weary and burdened? He will give you rest.

Why The Yoke Of Jesus Is A Very Good Thing

Are you super up-to-date on the purposes of old fashioned farming equipment? Apparently, I’m not.  Continue reading “Why The Yoke Of Jesus Is A Very Good Thing”

Even when they mischaracterize you, God knows exactly who you are.

God Knows Even When They Don’t

I don’t like being misunderstood or mischaracterized.

I don’t like being given labels that don’t belong to me. 

I don’t like wrong assumptions about who I am. 

And, when these things occur, I definitely don’t like it when I can’t correct them. 

Yet, all of the above are increasingly occurring in my life. Continue reading “God Knows Even When They Don’t”

Exhausted Christians, consider this your permission to step out of the hustle.

To Hell With The Hustle: What Weary Souls Need To Hear

As culture screams at us to work harder, sleep less, and accomplish more, Jefferson Bethke has a very simple response: “To hell with this.” 

He’s not being flippant. He means it so literally that he wrote a book about it: To Hell With The Hustle: Reclaiming Your Life in an Overworked, Overspent, and Overconnected World Continue reading “To Hell With The Hustle: What Weary Souls Need To Hear”

Humanity doesn't need another household name - they need an everlasting hope.

Humanity Needs Jesus’ Glory, Not Yours

George Whitefield, for all his faults and sins, was a man who understood the necessity of a glorified Jesus for humanity. He once proclaimed:

 

“Let my name be forgotten, let me be trodden under the feet of all men, if Jesus may thereby be glorified.”  Continue reading “Humanity Needs Jesus’ Glory, Not Yours”

I don't want an Instaworthy life - I want a faithful one.

I Want To Be Boring

One of my favorite songs is “Crazy” by Ben Rector. In it, he sings:

 

You ever get tired of turning on the radio

And asking yourself, “Who lives that kind of life?”

Cause I don’t.

 

Ben’s point is sound. We can’t turn on the radio, our phones, or the T.V. without being bombarded by a single point: You only live once, so you better live a CRAZY and AMAZING life.

Doesn’t that sound kind of exhausting? 

Don’t get me wrong, I think there are huge, lit up moments in our lives – ones that we will never forget. Where the accomplishment is achieved, the notoriety comes, the project takes off. Where the grand calling God has drawn you to comes to life. These are all good things. 

But, our life isn’t supposed to be founded upon such things. Instead, the big moments should be blessings anchored in what most view as undesirable: a boring life. 

Jefferson Bethke writes in his new book To Hell With The Hustle (available for preorder here): 

 

“…I’m going to keep chasing boring because that’s the thing that’s actually allowing me to live fully. It feels anchored, slow, not anxious, full of joy, steady, and has a peace about it that I think only comes from the quietness of it.” 

 

Our cultural paradigm had led us to believe that a life of deep meaning and richness is only found in praiseworthy moment after moment. Realistically, that equation sounds like the start of burn out, of anxiety, of exhaustion, and of deep unsatisfaction. 

Those moments can only carry the weight of blessing when they are anchored in something much more fulfilling – the way of Jesus. His way was never rushed, never overfilled, never spotlight seeking. 

If culture labels living a life where I faithfully follow Jesus, love my family and neighbors, work hard, and follow set rhythms boring, then I want to be boring. I don’t think fulfillment comes in the spotlight – I think it comes in each day spent leading a slow but meaningful life focused on our Creator and fellow image-bearers.

The Instagram worthy moments are great, but I don’t want an Instagram worthy life – I want one spent where I am boring but faithful.