Jan 072018

“So far as the law is concerned it knows neither native nor alien, Jew nor Gentile, black nor white. This case is no different from any other. We have only to do our duty without fear or favor.” – Judge James Edwin Horton

Nathan and I went to see Judge Horton after church today. I had wanted to get over for the dedication of the statue last year, but couldn’t get away.

Judge Horton was my great great uncle by marriage. His middle son, Ed, married my paternal grandfather’s sister. Ed was one of the finest people I’ve ever known, so it is no surprise to me that he had quite a father.

Judge Horton caused himself a great deal of misery doing the right thing. But I bet he didn’t have any trouble living with himself—or explaining himself to God.

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Jan 012018

Last night was a quiet New Year’s Eve. During prime fireworks-lighting time, it was about 15 ºF with a 15-mph northern wind. That shuts folks down pretty hard. I didn’t complain.

I have goals for the new year, but nearly none of them are constrained to the calendar. It’s becoming clear to me that my Halloween decision is a significant turning point. Some of that is physical, but I think more of it is mental. It’s empowering. I’m excited on a fundamental level about again pursuing goals with vigor. Some are service-oriented. Some are professional. Some are spiritual. Many are aspirations that I’ve allowed to lie dormant for too long.

(And I think this is the second time I’ve posted vaguely about this. I promise I’ll share specifics here too, and I’m much closer to doing that.)

I have what I feel like is the prerequisite mental attitude. It’s an attitude I didn’t realize I was missing until I experienced it. It’s…smoother. It’s a tack that allows for life’s little tragedies without tanking my curve. It’s a perch that enables me to better see manageable chunks. It’s where I needed to be a long time ago.

But I’m not lamenting that. What was that about raging against the past? No. “I would prefer not to.”

Instead, I’m thankful that I’m here now.

Happy New Year.

 Posted by at 7:34 pm
Dec 172017

David and Allie Houle visited our church this morning to share about their upcoming work as missionaries. They’re going to spend five years in Thailand, helping to plant Christian churches and fight human trafficking. I’m blown away. Two young professionals who would choose that life for those causes? Wow. They are instantly my heroes. They’ll […]

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