4 Reasons New Years Resolutions Don’t Work and How to Make Next Year Great!
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

Goals like “lose weight” or “decrease debt” are vague and uninspiring. Goals work much better when they’re set within a narrative context. Frodo would not have gone on his journey unless the fate of Middle Earth depended on it.

It’s like that with us, too. Without a narrative context, we have little motivation to become different people than we are. When God created the Garden of Eden, He didn’t put a gym in the middle of it. Instead, He gave Adam an ambition that made him come alive. He told Adam to name the animals. Then he motivated Adam with a love story, then a family. He launched man into a story and man has been designed to live within a story ever since.

Here are four reasons resolutions don’t often work, and a few tips for making 2013 a bit better…

The Writing on the Wall – A True Story About Hope
Al Andrews
By Al Andrews

“Florence was murdered three nights ago,” Robinah said, grieving not only the loss of her friend, but also that she had missed the funeral. She had seen Florence on Monday night. Now she was in her grave on the edge of the Kampala slums.

They found her when the sun came up on Tuesday morning, crumpled on the muddy, red clay like some discarded rag doll. After she was raped and beaten by a group of men who will likely remain forever anonymous, they shoved sticks…

5 Tips on Surviving Criticism
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

If you share yourself with the world you’re going to be criticized. The world may seem like a nice, safe, warm place, but as soon as you put yourself out there’s a good chance you’ll get shot at.

Is the world a harsh place? Yes and no. But I’m not going to lie to you. If you put a target on your chest, it’ll suddenly get harsher. And speaking your mind, sharing your art or…

The Top 5 Regrets of The Dying
Justin Zoradi
By Justin Zoradi

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. As many of her patients approached their final days, she would ask if they had regrets or things they would do differently.

Ware was so surprised by the phenomenal clarity of vision people…

Why We Should Rest – Avoiding a Dust Bowl
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

If you’ve read Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, you know what happens when farmers fail to rotate their crops and let the ground rest. What happens is, of course, devastation. We’ve all seen pictures of Oklahoma during the dust bowl, that season when the ground, empty of nutrients, let go in any wind and suffocated and entire region. People took shelter in their homes but the dust got through the cracks, into their beds, into their food. Soon, hundreds of thousands had to move away.

I bring this up because the same thing can happen in…

3 Keys to Winning the Mental Game
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

I recently had lunch with Ben Malcolmson who serves as the assistant to Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. We met on Sunday afternoon before the Seahawks were to play on Monday Night Football.

I’d read Coach Carroll’s book Win Forever (a terrific read for any leader) and so knew a little about his coaching strategy and how he encourages his teams to simply believe they are going to win at everything they do. Then Ben said something I thought was interesting. He said that at the NFL level, all the…

Sunday Morning Music, Jason Eskridge
Tim Schurrer
By Tim Schurrer

Last night, Dave Barnes had his annual Christmas show in Nashville. Jason Eskridge was one of the special guests and just blew the crowd away with his voice. I hope you enjoy…

Saturday Morning Cereal: Renewing our Faith in Humanity, Caine’s Arcade
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