The English designer William Morris offered a good rule of thumb: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

On Matthew 11

In this truth lies the secret of the easy yoke: the secret involves living as [Jesus] lived in the entirety of his life—adopting his overall life-style. … Our mistake is to think that following Jesus consists in loving our enemies, going the “second mile,” turning the other cheek, suffering patiently and hopefully—while living the rest of our lives just as everyone else around us does. … It’s a strategy bound to fail.

Dallas Willard


To choose to live an unhurried life in our day is somewhat like taking a vow of poverty in earlier centuries; it is scary. It is an act of faith. But there are deeper riches on the other side.

John Ortberg

The time that is given to us

Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

Gandalf: So do all who live in such times, but that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.