Blog Posts on The Unwasted Life

The Joy of Getting Unstuck

Brandon Smith
The Joy of Getting Unstuck

I’m busy.

Like you, I’ve got a hundred things going on between family and church and work and all the in between. Let me be the first to say that all of these things are absolute gifts from God. He has been amazingly kind to me and I’m genuinely thankful.

But I get tired.

Plain and simple, sometimes I just get tired. In the fast-paced world we live in, I think we can all get over-extended and under-rested at times. Technology allows us to get things done quicker but also gives us... Continue Reading

You Will Never Be the Same

Owen Strachan
You Will Never Be the Same

Most evangelicals these days just want a gospel Snuggie. Wrap us up. Hold us tight. Numb us until we can feel nothing but hazy contentment. Go to sleep with a big smile on our face. We’re halfway into a dream when—

Someone is gripping our shoulder. He’s wrestling us awake. Our head hurts. Who is this crazy guy? A blurry man comes into focus. It’s Jesus. And — uh oh — he’s got a glint in his eye. That means trouble.

Come on, Jesus says. Wake up. We’ve got to get going.

Really, Jesus?... Continue Reading

Making Christmas Melancholy Point Hopeward

Jon Bloom
Making Christmas Melancholy Point Hopeward

Each year Christmas night finds members of my family feeling melancholic. After weeks of anticipation, the Christmas celebrations have flashed by us and are suddenly gone. And we sit in the messy aftermath watching the taillights and music of another Christmas fade into the distance.

Christmas Melancholy

Such melancholy is common — known as “Christmas let-down.” Everyone feels sad for different reasons. Younger children are sad that the excitement is over and next... Continue Reading

When We Send a Person to His Death

John Piper
When We Send a Person to His Death

Ronnie Smith was shot and killed in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday. He was 33. He was a husband and father. The leaders of his home church have given me permission to respond to his death publicly and carefully. You can read the fuller story at World or in the mainstream media.

One of the reasons I want to respond is because Ronnie wrote to us at Desiring God last year and told us that one of my messages was significant in leading him and his family to Libya.

Now Anita is a... Continue Reading

Lay Aside the Weight of Christmas Expectations

Jon Bloom
Lay Aside the Weight of Christmas Expectations

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

At Christmastime, it’s good for us to remember just how dangerous fantasies are.

I’m not talking about Narnia-type fantasies. I’m talking about how out of our self-centered desires we construct ideas and expectations of the way we want things to be and project them on to people and events. If those people or events don’t meet our... Continue Reading

When Black Friday Becomes a Mission

Jon Bloom
When Black Friday Becomes a Mission

With the Christmas season and all its commercial blitz and glitz upon us (seen especially on Black Friday), let’s lay aside the grousing and see the grace. No throwing wet blankets over Christmas.

May Christmas always blaze healthy and strong in the fireplace of our Decembers, radiating golden light and drawing loved ones and strangers together around its warmth to share a cup of joyful wonder.

And please, let us lay aside fruitless and, frankly, irrelevant debates about... Continue Reading

How to Clear the Clutter in Your Life

Jonathan Parnell
How to Clear the Clutter in Your Life

Sometimes our dining room table gets cluttered.

For one, it’s a big table. Every time I have to squeeze around the end chair, sliding my back against the wall, I remind myself that it’s not for the table we live in our house. It actually takes up so much space in our dining room that it’s become the easiest place to set stuff. Toys. Mail. Homework. Cups. More cups. The generous tabletop makes it simpler to just move things around rather than move them away, and after a... Continue Reading

Cooking for Eternity: The Story of Jeff Ansorge

Tony Reinke
Cooking for Eternity: The Story of Jeff Ansorge

ST. PAUL, MN — Jeff Ansorge is a trim 40-year-old with buzzed hair and sideburns that are mostly silver and thick eyebrows that are mostly black. He’s a quiet, t-shirted Midwestern guy who can be found on any weekday hard at work in the Salvation Army soup kitchen in northeast St. Paul, Minnesota.

Every weekday morning, Jeff fills an echoing, cinder-block gymnasium with folding chairs and utility tables as he runs the lunch preparations in the kitchen off to... Continue Reading

Why I Said No to the NFL

Chris Norman
Why I Said No to the NFL

If a picture is worth a thousand words, an 11-minute video could be worth a million. Still, more can always be said, and probably should be.

Desiring God gave me the opportunity here to clarify God’s calling on my life and share from my heart to those who may have questions after watching Drafted.

Did I Have to Quit Football?

Some might ask if I think football is evil. When I decided to follow Christ, did I have to quit playing football? Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, I think... Continue Reading

Drafted: Why Chris Norman Said No to the NFL

John Piper

I invite you to watch this moving 11-minute story of Michigan State linebacker Chris Norman.

Desiring God commissioned the video because God is at the center of the story, and because at one key point, God used Don’t Waste Your Life as part of his surprising plan for Chris’s life. Special thanks to hip-hop artists Flame and Shai Linne for their contributions to the soundtrack, and to Michigan State University and ESPN for the game footage.

Why would a promising... Continue Reading