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The In-Between

Maybe God is less concerned with exactly what you’re doing and more concerned with who you’re becoming. – Jeff Goins A friend of mine is taking guitar lessons. He’s in his fifties and looks totally natural holding it as he strums the chords like a Nashville veteran musician. He’s not. He stumbles on the strings, only occasionally hitting the melody just right. In truth, he’s not very good – yet. As he started and stopped and started again, I said to him, “I guess it’s not as easy as Eric Clapton makes it look, huh?” Glancing up from his fumbling fingers, he smiled and said, “Yeah, but it’s so fun. By next summer they’ll say that about me.” I’ll tell …

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The Single Story

My father-in-law is 91 years old. He is a great man. Sometimes I wonder if he ever wasn’t a great man. Sometimes I wonder if he was ever unkind. I actually can’t picture much else besides an old guy who loves life, takes great interest in people, volunteers his time and is constantly learning. I have a “single story” about him. In recent years, he has given us glimpses of his past. He talks of serving in the Navy during World War II. He once made a comment about his college days before the war when he was “too busy chasing skirts.” I was a bit uncomfortable hearing that because it didn’t fit my single story.  This is healthy. But …