In Praise of Single Function Devices

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I’ve been wearing a watch recently.  It’s nice—it tells me the time.  I’ve also been carrying a pocket calendar.  It has dates with space to put in appointments and a few blank pages for notes.  I also have a phone I’ve been using.  It has internet access if I absolutely need it, but a painful pared down version—it is not “smart.”  I text now only for critical messages, my phone's non-QWERT keyboard is too cumbersome.Shortly before Christmas my iPhone broke, so I pulled an old phone from my d … [Read more...]

A Sacred Pause

In the middle of the week we are far too often wrapped into a multitude of tasks, worried that we won't get them all accomplished before the weekend.  We can't settle on any one thing, jumping from window to window on our computer, multiple tabs open and our minds becoming increasingly frazzled.  In our conversations we find ourselves rushed or distracted, we are unable to truly listen and be present with the person with whom we are talking.  The answer is to perforate our day with sacred pa … [Read more...]

Love Someone

It may be simple, but today do whatever you can to show love to someone in a concrete and physical way.  Wash someone's car, babysit their children, cook them dinner, mow their lawn--whatever you do do it as though you were doing it for Christ. … [Read more...]

Dress to (Not) Impress

Power ties, expensive purses--we have many ways to dress to impress.  In doing so we are making an effort at a certain kind of coercion.  We are demanding that others look at us, that people see us in a certain way.  This of course can take many forms.  For some, dressing like someone straight from Goodwill has the same desire and effect.  Instead, dress in a way that doesn't draw attention of any kind.  Wear clothes that are plain, but not noticeably so.  See if you can interact with people in a … [Read more...]

Have Two, Give One

Mark Scandretti, in his wonderful book, Practicing the Way of Jesus introduces an exercise called Have2Give1.  This exercise follows the teaching of Jesus in Luke 3:11 that for those who have two of something, they should share with the one who has none.  Look through your belongings and find the things you have two of, then seek someplace to give away one of the two.  It could be an individual or an organization like goodwill.  Make it a constant practice to give away anything that you unn … [Read more...]

Clear Away

The clutter of our stuff often reflects the clutter of our souls.  Clear your stuff away to create space for God.  Begin with one shelf, one desk, one cabinet or closet. … [Read more...]


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