Have You Checked Under the Hood?

Have You Checked Under the Hood?

So it was one of those mornings. As I approached the first stop sign on my way to work, I hit the brake pedal and my foot went all the way to the floor. A few seconds later, the brake service light came on.

Fortunately my car was able to stop. I returned home to find a small puddle on the driveway. A closer look showed brake fluid seeping from behind one of the rear tires. Great. I knew this meant the dreaded trip to a mechanic.

I normally prefer to fix things myself instead of having a service manager tell me twenty additional things he’d love to take care of (for quite the exorbitant fee), but free time is a commodity that evades me these days. Continue reading “Have You Checked Under the Hood?”

Paying Yourself Extra for Free

Paying Yourself Extra for Free

At 4:30 a.m. on a snowy December morning, all I had on my 13 year-old mind was getting each nearly-frozen newspaper off my sled and onto each customer’s porch. The faster I could unload papers, the sooner I could melt back into a toasty bed. But I stopped after ten houses, glancing back.

Four newspapers had missed their targets by a mile, each sticking out halfway in the snow. Hey, I was paid for delivering newspapers to the premise, not customized handling. And besides, my toes were cold. Continue reading “Paying Yourself Extra for Free”

Focus Frenzy

Focus Frenzy

When I was twelve years-old my parents bought for me Juggling for the Complete Klutz. Do you remember those kits? It came with a how-to book and three bean bag cubes packed in a red nylon net. I don’t know if my parents thought it was a neat gift idea or if it was a hint, but I wasted no time accepting the challenge.


Juggling three tennis ball-sized objects can be learned fairly quickly and in three simple steps (if you’d like to learn, click here), but keeping them airborne requires a fourth step with a little more discipline—focus. Continue reading “Focus Frenzy”

The Unpopular Word

The Unpopular Word

Watch over your heart. Don’t let just anything in; don’t let it go just anywhere. What’s this going to do to my heart? is a question that I ask in every situation. 
— John Eldredge, Desire: The Journey We Must Take to Find the Life God Offers

If you don’t make plans of your own, you’ll fit into someone else’s plans. 
— James Scott Bell, How to Achieve Your Goals and Dreams

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Are you exhausted? Overwhelmed? When asked, “How’s it going?” do you almost always respond with “Busy. Real busy.”? Talk of busy-ness seems to be increasing exponentially. And the truth is, you are busy. Too busy. And exhausted. And overwhelmed. You used to devour books like 362 Ways to Improving Your Life’s Time Management, but you don’t read them anymore because you’re 362 tasks behind on your to-do list. Continue reading “The Unpopular Word”