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Way back in 2010, ’11 and ’12, I really wanted to write an Advent devotional.

Advent is my favorite time of year.

I love the themes of darkness of light, of waiting and attending, of turning inward, of intentional preparation.

Every Advent season, I said to my friends and family, “One day I’m going to write an Advent devotional.”

In 2013, I got sick. I was so fatigued that I could no longer work full-time. I transitioned into a part-time, work-from-home role.

My days looked like this: I woke up and had breakfast. Went for a walk. Wrote for about one hour. Rested (often for a couple of hours). Did maybe 2 hours of work.

Day in and day out.

It occurred to me that if I wanted to write an Advent devotional, now was a good time.

I had very few commitments and, it seemed, a lot of time (if not a lot of energy).

So I did. Each morning I wrote one devotional and in a few weeks, I had one for every day of Advent.

I had a friend design a cover and I published it on Kindle. (You can get it here – Advent starts on Sunday!)

Here’s what I realized during that process: I have a tiny tendency to overcomplicate things.

Can you relate?

Sometimes achieving a dream is actually pretty simple. Do the work and put it out into the world.

In this case, it took just a few weeks of focused work (while I was operating at literally about 50% of my normal physical capacity) to complete a dream I’d had for years.

So let me ask you this:

What dream are you overcomplicating?


What dream do you no longer have the time to procrastinate on?


What dream have you had for years that you actually want to let go of?

November 29, 2019

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