He is life itself—fear and tremble before the novelty, complexity, integration, and force. Pause. Be still. Listen frequently and carefully. Make talking to him a routine, not an accident, emergency, or exception.

Trust him—he knows what he’s doing. Honor him with the things he has entrusted to you. Glorify him with your judgments, decisions, words, and movements.  Be pious even when you don’t feel like it.

See him in history. Point to him in culture. Watch for him in nature.



Value diversity—its design, beauty, and purpose. Look, listen, smell, feel, taste, think, and move with charity and reverence. Always speak to the truth of the matter.

Run toward community. Treat strangers and enemies as brothers and sisters. Care for the poor, widowed, and orphaned. Respect, honor, and invest in your family: serve your wife, bless your children, support and give to the local church. Care for your neighborhood. Cherish friendships of character.

Work for progress—smile, greet, shake hands, help, vote, petition, organize, mobilize.


Land and things. 

Appreciate their complexity.

Use them to their proper end.

Use them first for God and your neighbor. Then, what’s left, take for yourself, if needed.

Preserve and conserve—use them wisely and judiciously.



See yourself as God does: you are not your own.

You are not yourself when you live for yourself, so live for others. Use your gifts to promote and advance others. Speak on what you know. One what you don’t know, practice silence and eagerness to learn. Be confident in saying “I don’t know.” Be slow, careful, steady, insightful, maybe novel, but always fair.

Know and remember your limitations, needs, inclinations, and brokenness.

Care for yourself. For your body: exercise, take walks, get rest, eat healthy, give hugs. For your mind: cultivate intelligence, but temper curiosity and counter pride; embrace passion, but within boundaries; enjoy wanting, but honor it by desiring the right things; move freely, but with consideration and sacrifice.