14
Jun

80/20


This weekend I told my family I spend 90% of my time doing things I don’t want to do.

(On further consideration I revised my estimate to a more generous 80%.)

So: about 80% of my life is comprised of housework, laundry, grocery shopping, preparing meals, packing, unpacking, exercising, filing, paying bills, balancing my checkbook, cranking out copy, staying on top of emails, sitting in airports, researching, attending meetings, managing websites, mowing my yard, running errands, and meeting other assorted deadlines.

That leaves 20% for what I want to do: work on writing projects I care about (like this blog), read …

28
Jan

new to you friday–tired of not working

The only way this is outdated is that I no longer need to catch up on “Lost”—but my struggle to live out the sabbath continues.

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Several years ago, I decided to try the whole sabbath concept of working six days a week and resting from it on Sunday. Some weeks—like this one—that is harder than others, and I find myself writing, answering email, and working on projects much of Saturday so that Sunday can be work-free.

By and large, it’s been a helpful antidote to the overscheduled, multitasking world I live in the rest of the week. Other than 90 …

7
Sep

growing like Jesus

Christian Standard recently asked me and seven other contributing editors to consider the various ways Jesus grew—“in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men”—and to share how we’re growing in one of those areas.

Here’s my answer–don’t miss the other excellent responses on the CS website.

This spring I tagged a few days onto a California business trip so I could spend time with friends.

First I had coffee with John, who shared his recent decision to leave a safe ministry position and start a new church. “I waited years to discover this calling, and just tried to stay faithful until I saw …

25
May

holy crap!–why I don’t want to work at a church

This weekend I heard yet another story about yet another dysfunctional situation at yet another church.

Without going into detail that could identify the particular congregation, the issues involved manipulation, harassment, dishonesty, uninformed leaders making hasty decisions, six-hour meetings to deal with the fallout, firings, and inestimable wastes of time and morale.

Oh, wait, I don’t have to identify the church—it could be one of thousands.

That’s the sad thing, and it’s the reason I don’t want to work on a church staff.

Granted, my temperament is also part of it. I’m an independent spirit who disliked the institutionalized idiosyncrasies of school (no bathroom without a hall pass, lunch at 10:30 a.m) …

1
May

Tired of not working

Several years ago, I decided to try the whole Sabbath concept of working six days a week and resting from it on Sunday. Some weeks—like this one—that is harder than others, and I find myself writing, answering email, and working on projects much of Saturday so that Sunday can be work-free.

By and large, it’s been a helpful antidote to the overscheduled, multitasking world I live in the rest of the week. Other than 90 minutes with the 4s class each Sunday morning (which isn’t exactly restful, but it is fun), Sundays are mine to do whatever I please.

Which is exactly the problem—facing hours on end in which I’m supposed to …