“I’m good.” “It’s all good.” “Good news!” The word good is our default for anything vaguely positive. But what do we mean when we talk about goodness?
I would estimate that a full 90 percent of the 3 percent of the Internet that isn’t illegal movie downloads is dating advice.
Eyeing the sugary variety before me, I would survey all the confections in the glass cases. Lush caramels speckled with almonds. Sugar-coated pastel dots of licorice.
During my first year in college, my friend Suzanne and I used to sit in her room and encourage ourselves with Paul’s words on singleness (oddly, from the King James): “Art thou free of a husband? Seek not a husband!”
A few years ago, when I was preparing to lead a Bible study on the fruit of the Spirit, I started by going through each one to try to recall what I had learned or read about it before.
I wanted to be the nicest person in the world.
In fourth grade, I read a book called something like The Junk Food Encyclopedia. And I enjoyed it. I even stopped eating Cheetos (at least for a while).
Years ago I heard a preacher say these words: “Patience is a virtue, and a virtue can’t hurt you.”
When I first began leading and sharing in ministry responsibilities, I was full of vision and optimism.
We love to recite them (especially to others, in a sing-songy voice).
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