1. The reason we think asking, “What would Jesus do?” is legalism is only because it will not help with our kid’s sport of choice. No one would discourage their kid from trying to be like the best player possible in that sport.
2. Don’t underestimate the significance of a client feeling safe and being safe during counseling sessions.
3. A kind word has incalculable power.
4. I had a realization about myself recently. When something distressing or hurtful happens to me, I want others to know about it. And there are two ways I can do this. I can tell them I am frustrated or I can sulk and mope and stew in bitterness and resentment. And that is what I am prone to do. This does no one any good whatsoever. No one. Or I can absorb that pain and resolve as a disciple of Jesus to walk in patience and kindness, not making those around “pay” for my hurt. And I think this may be what joy looks like.
5. MIllstones, I tell you. Millstones.
6. What if the church became known as a culture where everything was done without complaining?
7. Last night Bethany and I watched a show about a couple building an Irish cottage tree house in their backyard. Then I read in Greg Allman’s memoir he had a neighbor with a tree house and his mother said it looked like “the damn shanty Irish.” Then I read that his brother Duane – the Duane Allman – was reading The Lord of the Rings for fifth time when died. Fifteen minutes later I was in bed reading The Two Towers.
8. Marriage has the potential for the most beauty and therefore potential for the most ugliness.
9. I can’t imagine/What it is like to fear bombs/On a lovely spring day.
10. Tedeschi Trucks Band bootlegs are better than other artist’s actual releases. So enjoy this unofficial bootleg video of them playing their song, Midnight in Harlem, with an intro of Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way. It brought me to tears the first 10 times I watched it.