Alright, Fine, I’ll Add a Disclaimer to My Emails.

James Sinclair:

May the lawyer’s email disclaimer disappear, never to return. Unless it is this one.

Kill the dream sequence.

Tana French, among her writing tips for novelists

I have never read or watched a dream sequence that I felt was worthwhile. Writing dreams into a story is the storyteller’s equivalent of the football fan telling you about his fantasy football team.

The Order of Love

The first and greatest commandment is to love God. The second is to love people. Great danger arises from confusing this order.

When we love men more than God, we lose even the true meaning of love. Its foundation is swept away. We reduce it to a mere feeling, with all the attendant malleability of emotions. In our misguided love without obedience to God and His Word, we are in truth without love.

We are collectively really bad with money

The money quote (ha! get it?) from this Businessweek article on a recent Federal Reserve report on the financial state of U.S. households:

This is contrary to how God wants us to live. Consider just these Bible verses:

What Can Clutter Tell You?

The clutter is a sign, a symptom. I’m avoiding the work, some of it because it’s hard and I’m not sure how to do it, some because it’s boring and doesn’t interest me, and some because I keep forgetting to get it done on a regular basis, mainly because it’s mixed up with everything else.

Randy Murray

Find tools to help you organize. Reduce your stuff. Be diligent about cleaning up. Every day.

Hitting Wins Championships: Why the Chicago Cubs’ Inverted Rebuilding Strategy Is Starting to Look Brilliant

[The Cubs are] building an offense from within and a pitching staff from spare parts. This flies in the face of more than a century of conventional baseball wisdom, which states that (1) pitching wins championships, and (2) a team can never have too much pitching. The Cubs’ approach is completely counterintuitive. It’s also completely right.

—Rany Jazayerli

This isn’t the year. And maybe not next year. But soon.

And This I Pray …

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11)

Eighteen years ago, as my friend and I parted our separate ways to college, the reference to these verses are what he wrote inside the front cover of a devotional he gave me. I never considered them before; I have recalled them to mind often since. They have encouraged me and I have used them to try to encourage others. There is so much power in God’s Word. There is so much power in giving it away.