Mark Twain said there are two days in your life that are the most important.

The first one is easy.  You are born.  None of us had any control over that one.  It just happened.

But people spend years, decades even hunting for the ever-elusive second important day of your life.  It’s not the day you got married or the day your child was born, though those are important.  The other most important day of your life underlies everything else you may or may not accomplish in your days on Earth.

I hope you have experienced the other most important day of your life.  It can happen with great struggle and searching, or perhaps it will come in a moment of inspiration, like an epiphany.  Either way, I hope you don’t stop searching for it.  Everyone deserves to have the other most important day of their lives.

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For the rest of the week, I’ll be at STORY conference, learning from incredible people, meeting bloggers, even giving a short talk at one of the breakout sessions.  I’ll be taking a break from the blog, but will see you in a week.

Be inspired today, my friends.

Hey hey, everyone.

It’s the end of the week, and somehow, I feel like I have more work to do than when the week started.  I’ve been hustling all week to prepare for taking most of next week in Chicago for the STORY conference.  I am super pumped to be there, but it means I’m basically working two weeks in advance at school.

Nevertheless, there were two great books that fueled me this week.

Awake

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Awake, by Noel Yeats is not exactly a new book.  It came out a year ago, but I’ve been so pleased to see it get “relaunched” this week.

Why do I care about Awake?

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What if the Bible was not actually inerrant?BIBLE

What if there were verses that were really true, historical, God-breathed, and others that snuck in there under the radar, but don’t really belong?

Of course, plenty of people already think that is the reality, that pieces or chunks of the Bible aren’t really reliable.  I don’t see an end in sight to the inerrancy debate.  I have been clung to inerrancy and written about my definition of what it means to be inerrant here before.

But today, I am not so sure of myself.

You see, I think I found a mistake in my Bible.

I think I found a mistake.  It didn’t take much investigation, or a magnifying glass, or parsing words in their original language.  It was pretty easy actually.  The offending verse comes from Jesus’ own mouth.  I am convinced that Jesus had to have been wrong,

What mistake could I have possibly found that would send my whole view of scripture into a tailspin?

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I tell my students all the time…

…Our art class is not about how much talent God gave you.  It’s about how you use what God gave you.

And yet, without anyone teaching them, eventually every child learns to give up, to throw in the towel.  I can’t stand to see kids who don’t even try to live up to their potential, all because they don’t think their potential is good enough.

It’s so easy to set a low bar for ourselves, to assume that we are incapable.  What if we just decided that we would keep going, no matter what the result may be?

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It’s not about what God gave us, or did not give us.  It’s about how we use what we have.

What does it mean to “pack light?”

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My wife and I think we’re pretty good at packing light.  We’ve traveled quite a bit, and whenever we fly, we make sure we don’t have to check any bags.  My wife takes an equal amount of luggage as I do, amazingly enough.  We aren’t loaded down with a ton of stuff while trying to travel.

I thought I knew how to pack light.

Then I met Ally Vesterfelt.

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Do you want to get well?

Do we actually want to be well?

Do we actually want to be well?

I’ve been thinking about that question a lot lately.  Because it sounds like a silly question.  If you asked a sick person if they want to get well, chances are you’d get some weird looks.

But as I look at the world around us, I think about the story of Jesus approaching the paralyzed man at the pool.  He’s been laying there for years.  Jesus, inexplicably, picks him out the crowd.  He doesn’t ask how long he’s been there.  He doesn’t ask if he needs help into the pool.  He asks instead,

“Do you want to get well.”

At first, I wondered why Jesus would ask such a question.  But the more I think about it, the more I realize it’s not such a dumb question after all.  Our modern culture is positively obsessed with wellness, health, and self-improvement…

But do we actually want to get well?

The answer to that question, I’m not so sure of.

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