Happytude: Why Thankfulness Changes Us

by Christopher Easley Growing up in a Christian subculture prone to both kitsch and mnemonic devices, I was subjected early on to many cringe-worthy didactic moments. One shining example was a motivational poster on the wall that asked, “Do you have an attitude of gratitude?” The subtext seemed to be, “We know how to make … Continue reading Happytude: Why Thankfulness Changes Us

Memento Mori: The Compelling Case for Daily Faithfulness

by Alison Freeman Death can be unthinkable. Some time ago, I was seated behind a young friend of mine in small evening worship service. Her mother had recently received a late-stage diagnosis of a serious illness. I was heart-worn already that day, and my usual shields set up against imagining tragedy slipped. Her youthful frame … Continue reading Memento Mori: The Compelling Case for Daily Faithfulness

WeaknessFinder: There’s More to Leadership Than Strengths

Earlier this week I led a team training on the StrengthsFinder assessment, a popular tool for discovering and naming personality strengths. The assessment is based on the work of Don Clifton, a psychologist whose ideas on leadership have proved so influential that they are now commonplace. Clifton argued that, instead of trying to shore up weaknesses, people should focus on working and leading from their strengths. There’s more than

Fighting Discouragement with Remembrance

 Sometimes, life is disappointing.  Lately, I learned that one of my high school friends just got divorced. Most of the children of a pastor influential in my childhood are hostile to the Lord. And if I lose my stainless-steel straw anytime in the next year, I might as well have been using plastic the whole time.  I aired