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Seize Your Season

Although it doesn’t much feel like it yet in Nashville, change is in the air. Despite the calendar’s nudge, the southern sizzle is stubborn and the humidity will not be humbled. But soon, the leaves will lose their grip in their annual free-fall race to the bottom. The days will shorten, the air will become crisp and nearly every product you use will be offered in pumpkin spice. Change is in the air. The seasons were God’s idea, and its brilliant when you consider the why. Perhaps we were supposed to more readily recognize the ever-changing seasons within us and within others. Just a quick glance at my tiny circle of friends reveals so much. Meg is pregnant with twins. …

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My Interview with a Living Man

“Moments are everything. Moments are snapshots of eternity and we need to enjoy and live to the fullest every moment that we have.” ~ Steve Johnson Steve Johnson is a 70-year old miracle with pants on. I think he’ll like that line. Although he’ll probably come back with a wise crack about not wearing any pants, and that will inevitably lead to a pun about telling the “naked truth.” That’s just how Steve rolls. He’s funny. He’s smart as a whip. And his body is filled with cancer. It’s in his bones, on his lung and in his brain. “Incurable,” the doctors told him. That was sixteen months ago. Since then, he has laughed, he has loved, and he has …

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Hidden in Plain Sight

My wife and daughters love sunflowers. And really, who doesn’t? We heard about this farm not far from our house where they planted thousands of them. This we had to see! So on a Sunday evening after dinner, we went in search of beauty. We were soon disappointed. As our car rolled slowly up the farm’s long, gravel driveway, we saw that the peak sunflower season had apparently passed. They didn’t look so good. Recent heavy rains had slumped their stalks. Their once grand pedals were tired, wilted or scattered on the ground waiting on the wind to carry them away. Their sad slouch almost made me turn the car around. Instead, we got out and took a stroll. We …

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A Different View

Imagine putting on a special pair of glasses—ones that make you see people in a more honest way. Each time you put them on, words appear revealing a secret about the person in your view. You glance over at the man in the coffee house and you see the words, “Struggles with addiction.” You notice an old woman on a park bench and read, “Nobody calls anymore.” A pretty young girl walks by and you’re stunned to see that she, “Thinks she’s ugly and wants to kill herself.” The truth is, no one knows what each of us struggles with. No one knows the full story. For more than 20 years, if someone had those special glasses and looked at …

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I DON’T CARE ANYMORE

Something weird is happening to me as I approach the 50th anniversary of my birth: I don’t care anymore, and it’s wonderful. I’ll explain. The day after the horrific police shootings in Dallas, I approached a young, black co-worker and asked him what he thinks is happening in this country. I asked him what he thinks of racism, the media and the protests. I got an earful. In just a few short minutes, he explained his experiences. In his voice I heard pain, conviction, and surprising truths that challenged a few stereotypes ingrained in me. When I was younger, this conversation would have never taken place. I would have been too afraid to ask. But I don’t care anymore. A …