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Why It’s Important to Say Yes to Life

Why It’s Important to Say Yes to Life

One of my favorite books is called “Love Does” by Bob Goff. There was one particular story in the book that taught me an important lesson: Whenever possible, say yes to life. How Bob Became a Diplomat to Uganda Bob is a lawyer, and one day he received a...
Was Jesus a Minimalist?

Was Jesus a Minimalist?

This post is Part 3 in a 3-part blog series on Minimalism. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) I’ve been getting into a new podcast called The Minimalists. Their basic message is that we have a problem—we have too much stuff. We think having more stuff will...
Fortitude and Engaging Our Obstacles

Fortitude and Engaging Our Obstacles

We all experience difficulties and obstacles in our lives. Sometimes they are little, but sometimes they are big. For example, a few years ago, my good friend Jamie Aten was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. I walked with him through a very difficult and scary time...
Red Light, Green Light

Red Light, Green Light

I was on my morning run the other day, and as I approached a red light, I began to slow down. As I neared the intersection, the light turned green, and I sped up, continuing my run. It reminded me of a childhood game I used to play called Red Light Green Light....
Go For Two

Go For Two

I spent the last week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, doing some research on how people are recovering psychologically and spiritually after the flood. On Sunday, we had the day off from collecting data, so I decided to take a quick trip to New Orleans and see the Saints...
Big Fish in a Small Pond

Big Fish in a Small Pond

Is it better to be a big fish in a small pond, or a small fish in a big pond? For example, if you are considering college, is it better to go to an elite school like Harvard or Yale, where you might only be average? Or is it better to go to a decent school like the...
Today is a New Day!

Today is a New Day!

I woke up early this morning to start my day. To be honest, it was a struggle. I was tired, and I didn’t feel like exercising or even getting out of bed. Even though it is difficult for me, there is something refreshing about getting up early. I’m not sure why. Maybe...
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