“In the dim, wavering light, a page hung open and it was like a snowy feather, the words delicately painted thereon. In all the rush and fervor, Montag had only an instant to read a line, but it blazed in his mind for the next minute as if stamped there with fiery steel.”
– Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Everyone has the family they got and some family they choose. Be careful before you choose members of your family because you will eventually bear a strong family resemblance.
When the voice of tribalism, racism and nationalism is loud, the family of every tribe, every tongue and every nation must not be silent.
People only come out of hiding with people who have nothing to hide. When people get real, God’s family must be the best place to experience God’s mercy.
Your life is still so combustible—you are built to burn bright and burn hot. But you have to find your way back to the heat.
Worship isn’t a ritual or a routine or a song. Worship is a worldview. If we’re not worshipping, then we’re simply not seeing everything we need to see.
There’s a big difference between being rich and being blessed. Most of us are actually rich, but few of us know what it means to be blessed. God wants more … Read more
God wants to awaken the furious part of your love. He wants to awaken justice. But if we aren’t also growing in mercy, we might simply replace one villainy with … Read more
We have to come to terms with the fact that a misuse of our individual power is just as destructive as an abuse of power.
It’s no miracle to earn your way back to God. It’s no miracle to repeat your life over and over until you’ve reach entitlement. The real miracle is a relationship … Read more
We might do well to ignore categories—all the categories that keep people in and keep people out. But Jesus went further. He didn’t ignore categories, he went through the categories … Read more
Saving the world won’t look like conquering the world or homogenizing the world or debating the world or ignoring the world. Saving the world will look like serving the world.
Whatever you believe about him or what he claimed, you have to notice how odd his life and death were when compared to the founders of every other world religion. … Read more
I don’t want to pray like a good little boy. I want prayers that make me nervous. I want prayers that, if God says “YES”, can only be explained as … Read more
Through the eyes of grace, every defeat looks like a victory waiting to happen.
What we say changes the way we think. The way we think becomes the way we live. Saying “WOW” in prayer changes the way we think about God and every … Read more
There is one reason—and only one—the most strictly spiritual, educated, devoted people were the least likely to hear God when they heard Jesus. That one reason is still jamming up … Read more
Nice people leave people out all the time. Let’s exceed “nice”. Let’s anticipate anxiety and confusion. Let’s step into the unknown so the unknowing don’t have to. Don’t wait for … Read more
Prayer isn’t a conversation like we’re used to. We say things, we can HEAR ourselves saying things, but we can’t hear God saying things. But that doesn’t mean He’s not … Read more
I like my morning regimen. It improves my energy, focus and perspective. It’s the launch pad for the most productive days I have. It serves ME and it serves me … Read more
The silence of God is the perfect space to extract out everything God wants to re-work in our souls.
Some of you walked away from prayer when you didn’t get your wishes, but you walked away before you got your strength.
I believe there are only 3 “colors” that we use to justify creating a life on our own. God wants to re-engineer our thinking at the RGB level—the thought colors … Read more
When the loves of your life dump you, desert you, disappoint you; it’s hard not to take that personally. What did I do wrong? Is it possible that your desperation … Read more
I’m hesitant to share principles—not because I don’t think I have anything to offer, but because my data’s inconclusive. My kids are still in early stages of development, and my … Read more
We can’t outrun it. It won’t disappear if we ignore it. It won’t be erased by better deeds. We have to turn around and face it, even if we think … Read more
God wants you to hustle, celebrate wins, crush objectives. But He doesn’t want you to be defined by it. How can you live for more than your trophies?
Some of our most important ideas are hidden behind the most confusing, insider language we could possibly use.
Pleasure is a good gift, but an awful God. How do we become connoisseurs of the delights of life, savoring the joy God’s placed in everyone’s reach?
You can’t teach what you’ve never learned. But you can lead where you’ve never been. Of course, you have to be going there too.
Everybody has an unheard story and an unmet need. That’s where God is most attentive.
In a world that’s lost it’s sense of awe and focus, let’s stage a revolution. Let’s discover what makes us feel alive and run at it with everything we’ve got.
Before we re-invent ourselves completely, take one last look at the chapter you’re closing. There might be some clues about your future hidden in there.
You’re right to be cautious. “Excellence” overplayed or misunderstood breeds a focus on the “show” or, even worse, the delusion that impressing people is the same as making a difference … Read more
You ever wonder why God’s “great big plan for your life” had to be wrapped in THIS body?
I wonder if we’ve let “fear” lead us for so long because it’s disguised as “patience”.
You can’t discover your unique contribution before you risk.
Running away from love might seem necessary. Killing for love seems instinctive. Sacrificing for love stands out as…miraculous–a call from the wild center of our souls that seems to say, … Read more
Underneath it all, you’re either a nobody trying to become a somebody, or you’re a somebody trying to be free from having to prove it.
We can’t help it. Our allegiance, security and hope flows to the person who’s earned our courage. If we’re brave enough to keep going, it will go in the direction … Read more
Your influence will expand if you assume everyone has an unheard story and an unmet need.
It might be ordinary to be driven by desire, but it’s not human.
History tells us, and the zombie threat reminds us, sticking together with strong people is better than going alone.
God sees the real you and that’s who He loves.
Every day closer to the 25th is a day of exponentially more anticipation and exponentially longer hours than the day before it. Christmas Eve is the absolute worst.
Make music with your words on typedrummer. This is the sound of “Good morning, people.“
What does your lie sound like? Name it and hate it.
I’ve already said “yes” to a future worth saying “no” for.
I’m convinced the person I want to become is born out of how I spend my minutes this week.
Fear turns more people into failures than failing does.