Jackson Five Friday: The Secret to Being Interesting

Hey Friends,

Hope y’all have had a great week. It’s still steamy here in Tennessee but that hasn’t curbed anyone’s enthusiasm for all things fall.

We recently had Back-to-School night for Sam, and today I visited Dub and Nate’s classes. I love knowing their teachers and hearing about what they’re learning. Often it’s the nonacademic components that impress me the most.

One of Sam’s teachers tosses a tennis ball around the classroom. The toss is accompanied by a question. You catch the ball, you answer the question. When you throw the ball back you ask a question. The teacher tells these seventh grade boys, “To be interesting, you have to be interested.” Honestly writing this makes me want to cry tears of gratitude. Knowledge of a formula or history fact cannot compare to being an inquisitive young man.

Truly Sam is interesting in part because he asks great questions. His little mind was churning out excellent observations and thoughtful questions at a young age. Part of his irresistible charm is that he’s interested.

However, I won’t go so far as to say he uses this to bless others. Because he doesn’t. He needs to work on being interested in others. Perhaps it’s time to finally implement my wise friend Beth’s rule about interacting well with adults (read more here). Asking good questions of others is an important part of being other-centered.

Jesus said we’d be known by our love for one another. But you can’t love someone well, or maybe even at all, without being interested in them.

So I’m tossing you the ball. Who will you toss it to, and what do you genuinely want to know?

Hope this weekend is full of being a disciple –asking great questions and intently listening.

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John ‬ ‭13:35‬ ‭ESV‬‬

With Love,


Jackson Five Friday: When You Should Remember

Hey Friends,

C.S. Lewis wrote, “A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered,” and I agree. Some moments in life are so lovely that the joy of it is too much to fully process in real time. The memory of it can be savored over days, weeks, or even years, and the pleasure of remembering exceeds that of the actual experience. I’m not sure if photos hamper or help. Sometimes a good snap captures the moment, other times pictures don’t do justice. I wonder if we didn’t have cameras if our brains would work harder to take note of the details, knowing we couldn’t flip through an album at a future date.

Last Saturday night Will and I were the only patrons at the pool. It was the most peaceful evening in recent memory and I have no idea why others hadn’t flocked there as well, but what a gift to sit there soaking in the last moments of summer, just the two of us. I imagine the picture above will always bring me joy, helping me to relive that beautiful moment.

And it’s good to remember. In fact, the Bible commands over and over again that we remember how God has been faithful, how He has loved us, and redeemed us. The Lord’s Supper is all about remembering too — that Jesus, while sinless, became sin for us.

But the Bible also commands that we forget. In 1 Corinthians 13 we are told that love keeps no record of wrongs. Sometimes it’s not easy to forget, but it’s not optional. We are forgiven as we forgive others. Is there someone you need to forgive this weekend? Praying today that I’ll know what to remember and cherish, and what by God’s grace, and His grace alone, I’ll know what to forget.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Have a fabulous weekend!

With Love,