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My dog is a cat, a “scaredy-cat.” And I have been violating the first rule of teaching with him lately: do not be mad at the sheep for being sheep.

Psychologist and Swarthmore College professor Barry Schwartz was on NPR yesterday, talking about his TED Talk, "Are We Happier When We Have More Options?” and his 2004 book, The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less. His main idea: unlimited choice, even between good choices, does not make us happier. Having too many options inflates our expectations and can overwhelm our ability to decide. Life is better when we have limits.


Psalm 19 is in full agreement...

2 Timothy 2:4 says, "No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life. " As one of "God's soldiers," does this mean that I shouldn't be worried about the things of "every day life"? That I shouldn't pay too much attention to the car I buy? The work I do? How clean the house is? Does this mean that I shouldn't get too "wrapped up" in my hobbies or interests?
 
No. Paul is using a metaphor.

One of the most difficult - and critical - questions for believers to settle is “what world arm I a part of?” Jesus, in Matthew 6:21, states that “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Whatever place we consider to be our true “home” determines our priorities and our loyalty. It impacts every relationship.

Sundays, at times,  have been some of the most frustrating days of my life. The one day of the week when I'm supposed to be getting rest has often been the most unrestful. Reading through 2 Timothy helps me understand why.