What’s in Your Pocket?
—Grace & Truth Linkup

Always check the pockets.

That’s my golden rule for laundry. Mix darks and lights if you must. But always check the pockets for the stray kleenex that will shred tissue onto every freshly-washed article of clothing.

In Bob Goff’s newest book, Undistracted: Capture Your Purpose. Rediscover Your Joy, we’re reminded to check our pockets.

“It’s what we put in them or keep in them that can become distractions. Regrets, resentment, hurts, and misunderstandings are all things that can become huge distractions.”

What's in Your Pocket? + Book Review of Undistracted

Physically, I usually have my phone in my pocket. Too often, I know. Phones are one of our major distractions. Bob says,

“Lose the handheld distractions. Think of phone use as cheating on your family.”

Ouch.

But mentally, the contents of my pockets can carry more weight than my phone.

  • Some days I stuff my pockets with the distractions of a rigid schedule.
  • Or ruminating on events from the past.
  • Or wasting time trying to solve a situation beyond my control.

These distractions keep me from focusing on my most important purpose. . . loving who I’m supposed to be loving at this moment, in this place.

That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t plan, or think about things from the past, or try to solve potential problems on the horizon. Those also can be loving things. God gives us brains to be used for good.

But as Bob points out, it matters less what we are doing, and more why we are doing it.

“It doesn’t matter what the work is; it is who we become in the process of doing our work that does, and the goal is to look and act more like Jesus while we do it.”

So I’m cleaning out my pockets again this morning. I’m working on clearing my head, thinking healthy thoughts, and having clearer vision.

I won’t do it perfectly. I never do.

But at least I can keep a few shredded tissues out of the laundry today.

Quotes from Undistracted

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Bob Goff’s book, Undistracted:

“Don’t be distracted by how different you are from everyone else. Our hearts were meant to beat together, not the same.

Boundaries are good; barriers aren’t. If you build a wall, make sure you install a door or two.”

“Don’t get distracted thinking about what your next move is or whether you will be acknowledged for your efforts. Go love people in extravagant, wildly inefficient ways by speaking words of beauty into their lives. Your words have that kind of power.”

“It’s been said that there are two kinds of people. Humble people and those about to be. Be humble and you won’t be distracted trying to look important.

“I used to spend my time doing things that worked. Now I’m trying to do things that last. It’s a subtle difference but an important one.”

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Bob Goff is a wonderful storyteller. But telling our stories is something we ALL can do.

Our featured post this week is from Leslie Newman. Read her post here for motivation on telling your own story more often, then add your own blog links below.

5 Reasons Why Your Story Matters

What is in your pocket? Share in the comments.

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Because We Fall

It’s because we fall down.

That’s why we say it:

Lord, have mercy!

It’s the most frequent prayer in the Bible.

And it’s what we need the most—the Lord’s mercy. We need it because sometimes it’s dark and we trip on things and we scrape our hearts.

So we cry out, “Lord, have mercy!”

And the miracle is: God does. God always has mercy on us.

Maybe we see it immediately. Maybe it takes more time. Maybe we still haven’t seen its fullness.

But as sure as we fall, just as sure as gravity always catches us—it never fails—Jesus never fails either. He picks us back up.

When God promises mercy, God gives it. God is more faithful than we are.

Find comfort in God’s mercy.


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Romans 8:1 – Memory Verse for June 5-11, 2022

This week’s memory verse for the 8-8-8 Bible Memory Challenge is Romans 8:1.

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:1

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June 5-11, Romans 8:1
June 12-18, Romans 8:15
June 19-25, Romans 8:26
June 26-July 2, Romans 8:28
July 3-9, Romans 8:31
July 10-16, Romans 8:37
July 17-23, Romans 8:38
July 24-30, Romans 8:39


Is Life More Like Scrabble or Bananagrams?
—Grace & Truth Linkup

Is life more like Scrabble or Bananagrams?

After reading Barbara’s beautiful post about the letter tiles for Scrabble (it’s our featured post today), I started thinking:

Is life more like Scrabble or Bananagrams?

Our daughter Jenna bought us Bananagrams for Christmas. Jeff and I have played game after game since then. We love it. 

Like Scrabble, Bananagrams also contains a pile of tiles with individual letters. Each player draws a specific amount of tiles to form words.

But there are many differences.

  • With Scrabble, you place your tiles on a board with designated squares. With Bananagrams, there is no board or squares.
  • With Scrabble, you take turns. I place a word on the board. Then you place a word on the same board involving a previous word. With Bananagrams, we’re both making words at the same time, but totally disconnected from each other, each in our own space.
  • With Scrabble, once a word is played, it stays there and can’t be changed for the remainder of the game. With Bananagrams, you can wipe out any word (or all your words) and start over at any time.
  • With Scrabble, whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins. With Bananagrams, the winner is whoever uses up all their letters first.

Which game is more like real life?

For now, I’m voting on Scrabble. While life isn’t always as neat and polite as the one turn at a time that Scrabble requires, it still is interdependent like Scrabble. You do something; I respond; you respond to that; etc. We’re intertwined. We’re dependent on each other.

But with Bananagrams, it’s basically each person for themself, alone on their island, until the game is called. It’s a race to the finish, regardless of who is playing beside you.

Individualism is fun for a competitive game, but I prefer companionship for a loving life.

(I don’t think Jesus would have a preference between playing Scrabble or Bananagrams. I’d love his companionship for both!)

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Are You a Big Z or an Ordinary N?

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Last Chance to Sign Up for the 8-8-8 Bible Memory Challenge

Some say Romans 8 is the most beautiful chapter in the whole Bible.

Written by the apostle Paul to the Jesus-believers in Rome, the message in it is clear:

God is for us.

Many of us would love to have a few key verses from Romans 8 to carry in our heart, ready to think about whenever we need encouragement.

But we often lack the time or energy or motivation to memorize them on our own.

If this is you (or even if you’re a wonderful memorizer already!), here is an easy Bible memory challenge for the summer.

Sign up for the 8-8-8 Bible Memory Challenge

Together, we’ll learn 8 hand-picked verses from Romans 8. (See the 8 verses here.)

The challenge officially begins on Sunday, June 5, and ends on July 30. We’ll learn one verse per week for 8 weeks. But you’re free to go at your own pace.

If this interests you, sign up here. You’ll receive links for printable resources, plus a weekly email for 8 weeks with each verse of the week.

Sign up for Romans 8 Memory Challenge

This is all free, no pressure, and slow-paced.

We’d love to have you join us!


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