The Value of Still

Being still is both necessary and difficult for most of us. Suffolk University professor Beverly D. Flaxington writes, “This culture values action, movement, success, and the quest of more, more, more, and more. If you aren’t moving and you aren’t conquering and you aren’t rushing, there must be something wrong with you. The faster someone…

Voice Recorder

How would you like for every word you have ever spoken to be played back for all your world to hear? Francis Schaeffer once said that if every word we have ever spoken could be played back by a huge recorder, the whole world would go into hiding. From the days of Shakespeare, we have…

Climbing Blind

On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer reached the summit of Mount Everest. A year later, he completed the Seven Summits, climbing the highest peak on each of the seven continents. By doing so, he accomplished what only 150 others have ever done. But with Erik Weihenmayer, there was one difference.  Erik Weihenmayer is completely blind. …

Rule #101

Last year, I wrote my tenth recovery book, Recovery Rules. It contains 100 truisms. They are pithy, easy-to-remember statements about recovery. If I could add a 101st rule, this would be it: What you tolerate today will dominate tomorrow. If I tolerate staring at attractive women, those fantasies will dominate my mind tomorrow. If I…

Answer the Door

Saint Benedict started 12 monasteries, including Monte Cassino, where he often went to write. It was there that he penned the Rules of Saint Benedict, containing 73 chapters. One of his rules was this: “If you are fasting, and someone visits you, end your fast and eat with your guest.” The need for connection cannot…

The Longest Kick

On September 26, 2021, Justin Tucker set the NFL record for the longest field goal in history, with a 66-yard kick for the Baltimore Ravens against the Detroit Lions. But as incredible as that feat was, it pales in comparison to what happened at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene, Texas, on October 16, 1976.  Abilene Christian…