Public speaking is the thing most people fear, but it hasn’t been a fear of mine since I held that mic in vacation bible school. It’s easy to spew opinions or judgments when we have an anonymous screen name to hide behind. But to speak in private—to look each other in the eyes and ask forgiveness, share our feelings or be vulnerable—that takes courage.
I’m getting into some debatable vocabulary here, but I want to point out a stark difference between imagination and fantasy. I’m hoping a simple dileniation might help those of you with active imaginations. I’m capable of living almost exclusively in my mind. I can walk and daydream for hours. But some of these daydreams haven’t […]
The strongest resistance I face everyday is invisible. Every time I want to take a risk, do something bold, or make a big commitment it gets right up in my face. It’s crippling, accusing and limiting. I face fear everyday. That must by why “do not fear” is the most repeated command in The Bible. God knows we need to hear it over and over again. I’m not a father yet. But I have noticed a trait I see in good dads. Good dads lovingly lead their children into things that are scary.
For most of my life, I have lived under the impression that my actions will follow my heart—that the things I treasured most would be reflected by my investments. As the saying goes, “You can tell what’s important to someone by looking at their calendar and checkbook.” While I think there is some truth in that statement, over the past few years of pursuing minimalism, I have begun to notice that the inverse is probably even more true.
This year we’ve asked Scott Hamilton to speak from the main stage at Storyline. You probably noticed Scott all over the Sochi Winter Olympics coverage this past winter, but we know him as someone more than an Olympic gold medalist and commentator. We invited Scott because he’s an inspirational husband, father and follower of Jesus. How do you perform in front of billions of people without losing your mind? Talk about pressure. It’s more pressure than you and I could deal with. Or is it?
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.
We read books for different reasons. Sometimes it’s to learn a craft or for a perspective on current events, but the books most people read aren’t approached with a specific ambition at all. What we want most is to not feel alone, to allow somebody to rummage inside our minds and souls and point out all the ways we are alike. And to write this sort of book, you only need to know your own story.
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