January 25th, 2015

I do not believe that a wandering mind is a safe mind, but there are certain situations where the mind ought to wander. I have only recently been able to cope with wandering during prayer. Some wise people, some older people, told me that it is okay to think of other things while you pray; just pray about them.

This is a mixed bag, but I am being honest: a lot of my favorite ideas have come to me while thinking in church, but they are when I am distracted. What am I supposed to do with that? Am I entirely sinful for having a wandering mind during a sermon, or what? I don’t feel a lot of guilt about it, but maybe I should if I am saying it publicly, confessing it.

One of my ideas today was to do a collection of interviews called “A Voice of the Saints,” a collection of interviews with some faithful and older saints I know in my life. I would love the juxtaposition of all these different voices coming together to declaratively say whatever the collection will say. But, I am not in charge of the final voice. They will speak together and they will speak what needs to be heard.

Part of the motivation for this comes from recently doing my first interview. It went great, but you were also a “good sport,” Austin, as they say–although we all know they say a lot of opposing things. The experience showed me the power an interview can have. I was so excited about it, I shared it with a few other people and they were almost more excited about it than I was. It was encouraging. Thank you for doing it.

There are also a lot of people I want to know better, people I know are treasure troves, and an interview is a good excuse to get to become their friends. As I am writing this, I am realizing that I first got to know you, Jamie, by interviewing you. The situation was a bit different, but you are also different than others I know or might know.

I spent nine hours at lunch today. It was some serious, hardcore fellowship. Thanks be to God.

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