A Better Way to Introduce Your Friends at Parties
Cadence Turpin
By Cadence Turpin

I want people to know my friend Carolyn is amazing at her job, but more than that, I want people to know the stuff inside her that makes her a great friend. The stuff that makes you want to stand by her at a party, in hopes that her thoughtful observations and quick wit rub might off on you. Let’s stop introducing the people we love based solely on what they do, who they cash their checks from, or what’s on their twitter profiles. Let’s instead start reminding them of who they are.

Your Growth May Threaten Others; Grow Anyway
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

Every story is about one thing, the arc of the character. What I mean by that is unless the hero changes, you’ve got no story. They have to be cowardly at the beginning and brave at the end, or selfish at the beginning and altruistic at the end. Something in the character has to change or the audience loses interest.

What Do You Need to Hand Over So You Can Heal?
Dean Nelson
By Dean Nelson

Finally, he stopped. “Whew,” I thought. “He must have figured that I was at the limit of what I could do.” But before I could move, I heard him say this: “If you want me to help you, you gotta let me have your shoulder.” In other words, I wasn’t cooperating in my own healing. I was resisting, and didn’t even know it.

How You Can Experience More of Eternity
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

I like the idea that, at least experientially, we can stretch time out a bit, slow it down, fit more of life into it’s cracks and crevasses. Life will resist, of course. And we can’t all live in the timeless every hour of the day. But we can find those cracks. And we can slip into them from time to time.

Don’t Strive to Be Someone You’re Not
Andrea Lucado
By Andrea Lucado

When I began accepting my quiet self, I began to experience freedom. If being quiet was true about me, I didn’t have to force myself to be louder than what felt natural. I didn’t have to try to be more fun at parties when I didn’t know how to be. I could start to discover who I truly was, quiet parts and all.

How Playing It Safe Keeps You from Finishing Strong
John Richmond
By John Richmond

The desire to use a “four corners offense” or “prevent defense” in our lives can be strong. We rack up a few points in school, some more at our job, and a few more with our families, then want to sit on our lead. We try to run out the clock only making safe, predictable moves. The problem with such a strategy is that we really are not actually sitting on a lead, and we have no idea when the buzzer will sound ending our time on earth.

What to Do When You Can’t Make a Decision
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

For me, it comes down to making a decision and not looking back. When all the options are very good, I no longer spend time figuring out which option is the best. That would take too long because anything can be looked at from too many angles. So instead, I’ve begun to place value in just moving. A good plan executed is better than a great plan mulled over for centuries.

Make the Most of the Path You’re On
Glennon Doyle Melton
By Glennon Doyle Melton

There is a path we all walk in life. All the places we go when the path gets too rocky and exhausting and brutal and beautiful are dead-end detours. If you take these detours you are not bad, but you are wasting your time and energy. The path looks like this: Come back to the […]

Be Brave Enough to Make a Mess
By Shauna Niequist
What a Forgotten Photo Revealed About My Parents
By Susan Isaacs
If You Want to Be a Better Writer, Here’s Some Help
By Donald Miller
How a Movie Marathon Can Help You Live a Better Story
By Donald Miller