Ordinary Time


Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver in “The Summer Day”


But as for you, man of God, run away from all these things. Instead, pursue righteousness, holy living, faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness. Compete in the good fight of faith. Grab hold of eternal life—you were called to it, and you made a good confession of it in the presence of many witnesses. I command you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and Christ Jesus, who made the good confession when testifying before Pontius Pilate. Obey this order without fault or failure until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 6:11-14


Distractions are a part of every life. They’re tempting because they’re easy. And they’re immediate. However, the wiser part of each of us knows that we long for a deeper satisfaction – a contentment, a peace that passes all understanding. We desire love, gentleness, faithfulness, hope – but these rewards do not come without first cultivating patience, clarity, practice, and endurance.

It’s important to develop a practice of reminding ourselves every day of our values and then actively grabbing hold of them, pursuing them with a singular focus. What does practice include for you? Is it journaling, yoga, daily walks, quiet reflection, reading, meditating, conversation with trusted friends…or some mix of all of these?

Though you will never be perfect in any of these practices, you will find that over time the lure of distractions is weakening its hold in favor of deeper meaning.

Wendy Johnson


God, give me endurance this day to practice faith, resisting distractions and easy fixes, and staying focused on what matters.



Go and live fully and wholly in the places you are called this day.