Is Busy-ness a Drug?
Shauna Niequist
By Shauna Niequist

Busy is both my drug and my defense. By that I mean that I use busy-ness to make me feel numb and safe, the way you use a drug, and I use busy-ness as a way of explaining all the things I dropped, didn’t do well, couldn’t pull together, as a defense.

And I’m telling you this because I want to stop. I want to drop the drug and the defense, one from each hand, letting them fall with heavy thunks, and I want to live a new way.

I know it’s not all or nothing, or all at once. In the same way that most married couples have like the same three fights over and over throughout their life together, I think each person has two or three issues that rear their heads over and over, and that those issues spike especially when the stress level gets a little bit elevated for whatever reason [...]

Why I Now Like George W. Bush
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

I’ve always had mixed feelings about George W. I voted for him once (his second term) and coming from Texas had something of an emotional tie to the former President. Not only that, but I like him. I naively believe, of all the former Presidents, he and I would get along the best. I’d rather sit in a duck blind with a dog and George W. than with anybody else. I think we’d get along. If only he drank beer.

That said, I wonder at times if his Presidency didn’t get swayed too strongly by Dick Cheney and the whole Neo-Con control machine (without which he would not have gotten elected). It’s a shame, really. W. may have done more for the continent of Africa than any other President, at least from a foreign policy/financial perspective. Despite popular belief, he was a strong advocate for the poor and marginalized. And I like the fact he wanted to lower taxes, but I hate the fact he increased the national debt [...]

Talking It All Out – How to Get Past Hurt Feelings
Susan Isaacs
By Susan Isaacs

One afternoon I got a notice from the post office that I had three parcels waiting for me. I had been expecting a script, but not a parcel. I drove to the post office to pick them up. They were boxes from my sister. I recognized them: It was my mother’s crystal.

When my mother had a stroke and developed dementia, she moved in with my sister. My sister got the dining room set, my mother’s Desert Rose china, and a chunk of money to pay for my mother’s everyday care. Mom said I could have her crystal [...]

Thoughts on the Unfollow Generation
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

A few little buttons on the internet have created an entire new way of seeing the world. And the next generation, a generation who is growing up holding an Ipad or Iphone will be dramatically affected.

These days, you can opt in or opt out, agree or disagree, be a follower or an unfollower, a friend or foe.

But what gets lost is something dramatic [...]

Why Most Twenty Somethings are Delusional
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

Oh, I know, I’m an ageist. But I don’t mean it that way. I fact, I firmly believe people in their twenties, officially one generation behind me, are better than my generation. What I mean by this is they are more altruistic, more international, more objective and less fearful than any generation I can remember.

And yet, they are also delusional. And here’s why [...]

“Sunday Morning Music – Ron Sexsmith” by Trent Dabbs
Trent Dabbs
By Trent Dabbs

We’re changing the way we approach our Sunday Morning Music posts. For the next month, these posts will be authored by artists so you can get a glimpse into what inspires them. We hope you enjoy today’s post from our friend, Trent Dabbs.

Saturday Morning Cereal: The Best Viral Videos We Found This Week
Tim Schurrer
By Tim Schurrer

Whoa! Magic clerk won by only 1 vote. So fun to have so many of you chiming in.

Which is your favorite this week? [...]

Why You’ll Win In The End If You Make Character Your Career
By Justin Zoradi
Jesus Loves My Arrogant Self
By Donald Miller
Some Advice for Anybody Having an Extra-Marital Affair
By Bill Lokey
Does Religious Legalism Come From a Wound?
By Donald Miller