cultural issues, spiritual

Jesus, Take The Wheel (Of My Prayer Life)

Some people take prayer walks. I've been one of those people. But lately, I guess I take prayer drives. Day-to-day drives past joggers, bikers (of the Harley Davidson variety and the Lance Armstrong variety), construction workers, and panhandlers. Or longer road-trip drives like I took this weekend through the hills of rural Virginia. Inevitably, I… Continue reading Jesus, Take The Wheel (Of My Prayer Life)

church, spiritual

If the Shoe Don’t Fit

If the shoe don't fit...wear it. That's not how the saying goes. But I think, in some cases, that's reality. When you try on a new pair of shoes in a store, there's some discomfort. You wiggle your toes, inspect with your eyes, stand up, pace the aisles...and make a decision as to whether or… Continue reading If the Shoe Don’t Fit

book reflections

What I’ve Been Reading: Love Does

I used to think that a book I've been hearing about, Bob Goff's Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, would be just another compendium of motivational sayings and self-help steps. But now I know it's an adventure story.That phrasing of "I used to think...But now I know..." is exactly how Goff… Continue reading What I’ve Been Reading: Love Does

work & vocation

Revisiting "Love of Work": How to Love Unlovely Work

I just re-read my blog "Perfectionism and 'Love of Work'" from March 2013, which ended with the line: "'love of the work' may be one way to have high standards without perfectionism." That line begs the follow-up question: Can I have "love of the work" when I'm doing work I don't love? If so, how?  Yes,… Continue reading Revisiting "Love of Work": How to Love Unlovely Work

mental health & wellness, work & vocation

Perfectionism and "Love of Work"

Last night I heard a hard-hitting talk about perfectionism at William & Mary InterVarsity large group. (Entire talk available here: gave me so much to think about that the topic could probably sustain me for at least 2-4 blog posts. So for right now I'm just going to set the stage with what perfectionism is, where… Continue reading Perfectionism and "Love of Work"