6 Practices You Should Do Every Morning Before You Get to Work

How you spend your morning matters. It sets the tone for your day and determines how effective the rest of your day will be. Yet many of us wake up at the very last minute, rushing from one thing to the next until we collapse at our desk an hour later.

Many people start their workday this way. As a result, their productivity is off to a poor start, and without discipline it will most likely continue that way throughout the day.

If you’re tired of groggy mornings and poor productivity, there are 6 practices you should do every morning before you get to work.

1. Wake up at the same time

Research continually shows waking up at the same time (even on weekends) has tremendous benefits to your health and wellness. Our bodies run on a circadian rhythm, so the more regular our sleep patterns are, the better we feel. Everyone likes to go into a situation knowing what to expect; our bodies are the same way.

Admittedly, I’m not great at this, but I’m working on it. Waking up at 5:30 every morning (I have 3 small kids, not a lot of quiet times available) is one of the several things I’m actively working on improving. When I get up on time, my morning is more relaxed, I feel better, and I’m calmer when my kids wake up.

Doing this means you’ll need to set an alarm, or perhaps several. One way to ensure you get up that’s miserable to employ is to put your alarm or phone across the room so you have to get out of bed when it goes off. Simply getting out of bed makes the process much, much easier.

2. Spend time in silence and solitude

Nothing helps me start the day more focused and relaxed than spending time in silence and solitude. For me this means sitting on the same couch with the same pillows and doing the same thing – reading the Bible, reflecting, and praying. If those things don’t happen, I start the day on edge. But when they do happen, I’m almost always calm, prepared, and more joyful.

The research on this is hard to ignore. Engaging in regular silence and solitude helps you avoid burnout, increases your sensitivity to your own thoughts as well as others’, improves memory, strengthens attention, and on and on it goes. Noise surrounds us every minute of every day. The only way to stay healthy in the midst of the chaos is to shut out everything and see what you’re actually thinking – not what someone else is telling you to think about.

As someone who practices the way of Jesus, it’s where I spend time in his presence. It’s where I’m reminded that I’ve been rescued, redeemed, and adopted into God’s family. It’s where I’m reminded that as part of that family I’m called to go and love others and tell them what that’s like.

Don’t hand your morning over to Mark Zuckerburg. Shut everything out and just be still. You may be surprised what you hear.

3. Eat a powerful breakfast

Donuts are my favorite breakfast food, but they aren’t exactly a powerful breakfast. They’re fluff – they fill you up one minute and they’re gone within an hour. Eating a powerful breakfast, on the other hand, can increase your metabolism, help make your more active, and give you a mental edge.

Protein is an important part of that power. This is why people have been eating eggs for breakfast for so long – they’re rich in protein, which is good for you and me. That’s because, according to Donald Layman, professor emeritus of nutrition at the University of Illinois, “Protein has greater satiety than either carbohydrates or fat, making people feel fuller and more satisfied for a longer period of time.” And the fuller we feel, the less we eat.

If you wake up on time, you’ll have plenty of time to make yourself a powerful breakfast.

4. Check your social media

How many personal things do you take care of as soon as you get to work? Are you checking Twitter, scanning Facebook, or browsing the myriad of newsletters you need to unsubscribe from? How about clicking over to ESPN to check the scores and headlines?

When we make the most of our mornings, we’re most productive in the hours before lunch. Wasting those hours on unproductive tasks will come back to bite you at 2:30 in the afternoon when the coffee is wearing off and you still haven’t tackled your main to-do’s.

If you give yourself ample time in the morning, you’ll have enough time to scan Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, newsletters, and anything else you like to keep up with. Checking these things at home is also far more honoring to your employer.

5. Review your calendar

Most people spend their days, productive people invest their days. When you just walk into the office and wonder what’s happening today, you’re already off to a weaker start than you could be. By simply opening up the calendar app on your phone or pulling out your day timer (they still have those, right?) you can orient yourself to what the day will bring, and plan accordingly.

When you review your calendar before you get to the office, your mind starts to prepare itself for tougher parts of the day and you can relax a bit by knowing what to expect. The best practice would actually be to make a to-do list the night before and then review your schedule and list in the morning before work.

6. Tell someone you love them

There’s great wisdom in knowing how brief life is. Life is precious, and you’re not guaranteed tomorrow or the next hour. The same goes for your loved ones.

So start the day by telling those close to you how much you love them. Don’t let their significance stay hidden. Saying “I love you” changes them as well as you.

When all is said and done, our lives are measured by who we love and leave behind. Don’t leave for work before wrapping up your spouse, your kids, or your parents and telling them how much they mean to you.

Building a Legacy that Matters

I have a confession: I want to be great.

I want people to look at me and be wowed with what I’ve done and what I’ve accomplished.

I want the oohs and ahhs of thousands, maybe millions.

I want millions of pageviews on this blog and hundreds of retweets and thousands of likes.

I want a legacy that bears my name.

But God doesn’t.

What God wants

God doesn’t want these things for me. He wants these things for Him.

He wants a legacy that points to Himself. He wants the fame and the glory and the honor of every person on the planet from the dawn of time until the coming of Christ.

And one day, He will get it (Rev. 5:13-14).

Before that Day, everything on this planet will disappear in a flash of light. All our organizations and governments and corporations will cease to exist, leaving us with nothing to show for ourselves. Just like the Tower of Babel, God will reach down and flick over our pathetic excuses for fame and glory and they will come crumbling down.

What really lasts

There’s only one thing in all of creation that will live on when the earth is once again united with heaven – us. Besides God, we are the only thing that’s eternal. We are the only thing that’s lasting. That means people are the only thing that will be able to testify to how we spent our lives.

And if, like me, you believe what the Bible says about heaven and hell, then the real legacy we’ll leave is how many people are in each place because of the life we lived. Or better yet, how many people are in each place because of the way God lived through us.

Which means the only way to truly build a legacy is to build people. And not just people, but people that love God. People that love God so much that they can’t help but love other people. Because people that truly love God with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind are compelled to love the people around them as much or more than themselves. If we really follow Jesus, if we really get his heart, that’s just how it works.

What really matters

If you listen to someone at the end of their life, particularly a Christ-follower, you’ll hear a common thread. When someone asks them about their legacy, they inevitably point to the people they impacted with their life. The people they helped to build as they were willing to be used by God. If being at the end of our lives gives us a sharper focus on what matters, then this requires our attention.

And it means I’ve been going about this legacy thing all wrong. Maybe you have been too.

Instead of trying to build something that declares my greatness, I should be pouring into others in a way that points them to His greatness. Instead of trying to form a legacy for my life, I should be trying to form people that believe in His life.

I can’t build a legacy that matters if it’s all about me. After all, everything I produce, create, dream up, and help build will one day disappear. Only people will be left to tell the story of my life.

As a father, this idea holds special significance as I think about the unique position I’m in to impact my three children. If it takes time to build people and to invest in their lives in ways that matter, then our children can be the most significant beneficiaries of that investment. In a recent episode of The Calling podcast, Andy Crouch reflected on his decision to become a father, saying,

“I thought, ‘How do I maximally commit myself to participation in God’s love?’ Most of the people I’m going to love will forget me very quickly. Almost everything I do will be forgotten…. So I realized there’s only one way I could invest my life that would have the most endurance, and that would be if I ever had the chance to have children…”

The bedrock of a legacy that matters

I can’t build a legacy that matters if I lack the character of someone willing to be formed into the image of God, because the bedrock of a legacy that matters is character. It’s the willingness to be used by God and to be marked by God. The willingness to believe in His promises against all odds. To go for broke when nothing adds up and no one else believes in you, but you know your God is sure.

We look up to Moses and Rahab and Peter and Paul because of their faith. Because of their belief that the God who is in control of everything is also the God who is good. They knew that their life would matter to the degree that they believed in His promises and did whatever He told them, no matter how impossible it seemed.

People that leave lasting and mighty legacies like the biblical examples or Martin Luther King, Jr. are those whose character is built on the cornerstone of Christ. Those whose actions flow out of their character. Those who actions prove their character.

How to leave a legacy that matters

Which means if I want to leave a legacy that matters I have to stop running from character-forming opportunities. To stop hiding from the refinery God wants me to enter into. He tells us that the testing of our faith produces endurance (James 1:2-3).

It’s time for me to believe that. It’s time for us to believe that.

It’s time for us to joyfully enter the furnace and to trust God for the outcome, no matter what it looks like and no matter what it might cost.

It’s time for us to stop building our own kingdoms when we should be building His.

It’s time for us to invest everything we have into the people around us with love and patience and generosity.

It’s time for us to build a legacy that matters.

It’s time for us to build people that matter.

More of Him, less of us

According to Jesus, John the Baptist was the greatest person to ever live. John’s advice for leaving a legacy that matters is simple: “He must become greater; I must become less.”

If we really want to leave a legacy, it’s time to get out of the way and make much more of Jesus than we do of ourselves.

VR and AI are About to be in Your Living Room

You’re living the last technological revolution right now. In fact, you’re probably reading this on it — your smartphone. It wasn’t that long ago that it didn’t exist. And it really wasn’t that long ago when only business people had them for work (remember Crackberries?). Before that it was the PC.

Most of us knew these things existed and maybe we wanted one, but it seemed like they were just out of reach. Until they weren’t. Then we all got one.

Well, we’re on the precipice of another one of those technological moments, but this time it’ll be with VR (virtual reality) and AI (artificial reality). Most people I talk to seem to have no idea about this, so let me see if I can paint the picture of how close we are to having both of these in our living rooms (or strapped to our faces), and then talk a little bit about why it’s important to know.

How close we are to VR

“Imagine 10 years ago trying to envision the way we use cellphones today. It’s impossible. That’s the promise VR has today.”

That’s Matthew Schnipper writing for The Verge, probably the biggest tech and gadget site online these days. That’s a huge claim when you think about the complete revolution of the iPhone and subsequent smartphones back in 2007. Our world has fundamentally shifted since then. Now, information is immediate. Boredom is outdated. And connection is endless.

And the biggest companies in the world know how close we are to VR entering into the mainstream. Facebook is betting $2 billion dollars on its Oculus Rift. Google just launched its Daydream View headset along with its new Pixel phones. Then there’s the HTC Vive, Playstation VR for the upcoming Playstation 4, Microsoft Hololens, and on it goes. Apple, noticeably absent from the above list, is surely going to release a VR headset or something similar in the near future. The iPhone 7’s powerful camera is poised to take VR into most of our pockets.

With names like that pushing this technology as hard and fast as they are, it’s only a matter of time before we all have one laying around in our tech drawers. It’s still a bit of an open playing field when it comes to exactly which kinds of devices will usher in the VR era, but at this point the shift is imminent.

C.T. Casberg wrote a great piece for Christianity Today recently on this, saying,

“VR is set to go from a niche tech-curiosity to a living room staple. Despite some initial hiccups, some Wall Street analysts project that by 2020 VR will reach between $20 billion and $40 billion in sales. One VR developer I spoke with noted that some projections have the virtual reality industry becoming larger than the current film, music, and videogame industries combined. While that falls on the more optimistic side of predictions, it speaks to the tremendous expectations of just how far VR is poised to go.

And that’s just VR. AI is another revolution happening right alongside it.

How close we are to AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is nothing new. What is new is how good it is. And make no mistake, it is good. I know, Siri almost never understands you, but Apple is behind in this area. Google and Amazon currently lead the way. Instead of getting bogged down here, let’s zoom out a little bit and see the bigger picture of what’s going on.

AI is in your smartphone and most of its apps. AI tells you when to leave for your meeting based on the traffic. It tells you the weather for tomorrow. It runs Google Translate.

AI is what makes Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Home, and other devices like them work. I received an Echo for Christmas, and the thing is downright magical. It’s one of the few devices that makes you feel like you’re living in the future. Now when there’s a house full of kids and every toy in the house is out, I can simply say, “Alexa, play ‘The Clean Up Song’!” and little hands and feet spring to action.

But it isn’t simply my looking up a song to play that’s being automated by AI. It goes much deeper than that. In a recent article for Backchannel Sandra Upson wrote,

“To visit the front lines of the great AI takeover is to observe machine learning systems routinely drubbing humans in narrow, circumscribed domains. This year, many of the most visible contestants in AI’s face-off with humanity have emerged from Google. In March, the world’s top Go player weathered a humbling defeat against DeepMind’s AlphaGo. Researchers at DeepMind also produced a system that can lip-read videos with an accuracy that leaves humans in the dust. A few weeks ago, Google computer scientists working with medical researchers reported an algorithm that can detect diabetic retinopathy in images of the eye as well as an ophthalmologist can. It’s an early step toward a goal many companies are now chasing: to assist doctors by automating the analysis of medical scans.

Also this fall, Microsoft unveiled a system that can transcribe human speech with greater accuracy than professional stenographers. Speech recognition is the basis of systems like Cortana, Alexa, and Siri, and matching human performance in this task has been a goal for decades. For Microsoft chief speech scientist XD Huang, ‘It’s personally almost like a dream come true after 30 years.'”

To give you a sense of the power of what’s going on here, you have to understand that the reason for AI’s recent success is something called deep learning (which is what’s going on with Google’s Deep Mind project, if you’ve heard of that). Deep learning, as Upson writes, “is the reason we’re on the brink of a more general intelligence.” Here’s what that looked like in the case of Google’s overhaul of its Translation service, as Upson reports:

This neural net had taught itself a rudimentary new skill using indirect information. It had hardly studied Portuguese-to-Spanish translation, and yet here it was, acing the job. Somewhere in the system’s guts, the authors seemed to see signs of a shared essence of words, a gist of meaning.

Whereas AI used to require massive amounts of human input on the front end, this is now changing to where that processing of raw information and learning is able to be done by computers.

While AI drives our devices, it’s also close to driving some of our workforce. And if you think that’s alarmist, read through the White House report that starts off like this,

“It is to be expected that machines will continue to reach and exceed human performance on more and more tasks.”

Translation: the White House expects lots of people to lose their jobs soon because their tasks will be able to be completed by AI.

Why we should care

As Casberg’s article mentioned above reasons, we should first care because of ubiquity. VR and AI are simply going to be a part of the fabric of our world, so to remain in the dark is simply not helpful. As Casberg went on to say,

“We are shaped by more than our life experiences. Our media, whether television, film, or literature, also shapes us, and under the right circumstances, can help us become more Christlike. VR is now poised to join the ranks of traditional forms of media, and we must be aware of its potential.”

As parents, citizens, and particularly Christ-followers, we should have a sense of what these digital tools are and know how they affect and change the world around us. What most interests me as we approach this new world is that last part — how Christ-followers come to terms with VR and AI.

screenshot-2017-01-03-20They both present interesting challenges and opportunities. For instance, VR headsets will at the very same time make it possible for you to experience simulated sex, or be immersed in a poverty-stricken country where you can empathize with the people living there. AI will automate some historically difficult tasks, and at the same time deprive millions of the only work they know how to do. And churches will begin to use VR as a way to experience their services as a fully immersive replacement to internet campuses (Life.Church has already released this in beta).

Perhaps more than anything, Christians must wrestle with what it means to have an immersive experience available in each person’s home when their Holy Book calls them to meet together in homes, not forsake meeting with one another, and expresses something unique about a Savior that chose to be incarnated as a human in the flesh. Perhaps we’ll wrestle with some of that here.

But for now, prepare yourself for the road ahead. It will surely be an interesting one.

Make Your Phone Work for You

Most of us work for our phones these days. We may think we’re in charge, but the way we twitch and glance at our notifications all day long betrays that thought. The average adult checks their phone 150 times a day. Millennials check theirs even more, clocking in at more than 157 times a day.

This is insanity. And I speak from experience. I know what it’s like to work for my phone and sift through an endless stream of notifications. But I don’t anymore.

I’m certainly not perfect, but I’ve come a long way in knowing how to make my phone work for me instead of the other way around. Here are some of the things I’ve learned over the years.

Turn off notifications except for calls, texts and calendar

Every app comes with its own set of notifications. But these aren’t really “notifications” — they’re interruptions. They call your attention away from what you’re doing and ask you to refocus it on whatever the interruption wants to make you aware of, whether it’s a retweet, a like on Instagram, or a new email.

Of course, app makers want you to be addicted to their products, as do the makers of the phones, so these interruptions are left on by default. Many people simply leave them on or allow them each time they install an app without thinking about it. We really shouldn’t do that.

What we give our attention to is what we end up giving our lives to. Giving our attention over to something is how we invest ourselves in this world. So what we give our attention to matters. A lot.

The best way to make your phone work for you is to turn off all notifications except for those that are essential. For me, those essentials are phone calls and texts (for family and friends to reach me), my calendar app (to keep my schedule on track), and Wunderlist (my to-do app which also houses my daily reminders). Your list might be different, but it certainly shouldn’t include Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or other social apps (an exception would be if social media is part of your job).

I’m an iPhone user, so I have a couple of different ways of handling notifications. For most of the apps on my phone and iPad I don’t get any notifications, and I don’t allow the red badges with the notifications count either. They’re like little lighthouses beckoning me to them each time I see the number go up, and almost without fail what’s on the other end isn’t important or worth my immediate attention.

Exceptions to this rule are email, texts, and Wunderlist because I see these as giving me valuable information. I’ve toyed around with not having them at all, and I found myself checking my email more because I was wondering if something was there I didn’t know about. (Like I said, I’m not perfect.)

Setup Do Not Disturb mode (iOS users)

I’m sure Android has a similar feature, but I’m not familiar with it. On iOS devices there is a Do Not Disturb mode that’s fantastic for taking control of your phone. It’s a simple swipe up from the bottom of the screen in the Control Panel, and it allows you to turn off all notifications except those you allow while the mode is activated. It’s the icon that looks like a crescent moon (you know, the one that was on that one day that you couldn’t figure out why your notifications weren’t working).

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This is great for times when you need to get something done without being distracted, but it’s even better when you set it up to enter into Do Not Disturb mode at certain times. My iPhone and iPad automatically switch into Do Not Disturb mode from 10:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. every day. The only things that come through are phone calls from those on my favorites list, or phone calls that come in more than three times (in case of emergencies). I don’t have to remember to do anything; it just happens.

No one needs to be in touch with me (and I don’t need to be in touch with my phone) past 10:00 p.m. And keeping it on through 7:00 a.m. gives me space to do my daily Bible reading and prayer without the risk of being distracted.

There are several things you can do with this mode, so go into Settings > Do Not Disturb (just under Notifications and Control Panel) and take a look around to see what works best for you.

Delete apps you don’t use

Seriously, just delete them. You don’t need all those apps. You know I’m right.

Every one of them demands your attention in some way, so stop giving your attention to things that don’t matter. Digital clutter is just as stressful as physical clutter. Cleaning your screens up is just as necessary as cleaning your room up. (You do clean your room, right?)

Create phone free zones and times

Chick-Fil-A does this great thing where they’ll give you a simple box and all you do is put your phone in it for the entirety of the meal. If you can do it, you can redeem it for a free ice cream. It’s kinda hokey, but hey, it works. The same thing can be done in your home, except the reward is actually being present for your life and family.

My wife and I have a cabinet where we park our phones when we’re home, especially if the kids are awake. This keeps the phones out of reach and out of sight, which makes you much less likely to check it. I’ve noticed I’m much more likely to check it if it’s sitting out where I can see it. Find a drawer like that in your home, or make a box for them, or get them one of these silly beds.

Once you have a place for it, set aside certain times where you park your phone there. For us this is usually meal times, certain nights my wife and I have set aside to reconnect and talk, and when friends or family come over. It’s a simple way to give your attention to who matters most, which is whoever is right in front of you.

Buy a dumb phone

This is more drastic, but it’s something I’ve done in the past. Before switching phone services, I would sometimes pop my SIM card into an old brick ZTE phone I bought for $11 on eBay. All it would do is text and make phone calls. If I found myself too glued to my phone or if I sensed it was making me work for it, I would just put it in a drawer for a day or two and use the dumb phone.

432055c233ad3c671fee8651504e81dd_originalHonestly, that was so much harder than it sounds. But it really is quite freeing not to have access to all the world’s information in your pocket sometimes. If you have T-Mobile or AT&T, this might be a good option for you.

Other companies have seen the need for something like this, namely The Light Phone. This will be an interesting space to pay attention to in the years ahead as we try and find ways to control our tech use.

Just keep trying stuff

I don’t have all of this figured out. In fact, I know a lot of people who have much healthier relationships with their phones than I do. But I’m determined not to work for my phone, so I just keep trying stuff. You should do the same.

Again, what we give our attention to really is what we end up giving our lives to. Let’s give it to stuff that matters.

Why We Must Think Rightly About God

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. — A.W. Tozer

This is the first article in a series called The Knowledge of The Holy in which each article will be based around a chapter from A.W. Tozer’s book of the same name (my review). This is a journey worth taking because not only is Tozer’s book a classic in the spiritual world, but the subject matter is God’s character.

Before Tozer begins to talk through the attributes of God’s character, he lays a crucial foundation that must be considered. He wisely knows that without this foundation, everything else will go awry. That foundation is what we think about when we think about God. That’s because we will never rise above our understanding of the Almighty, and, “we tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our image of God.”

Thinkly rightly about God affects not only our theology, but how we live as well. Tozer speaks of knowing God as being the foundation for worship which, like the foundation for the temple, will begin to collapse as soon as the foundation is found to be inadequate or out of plumb. And surely this has been seen to be true. How many cults, strange offshoots, and shameful pursuits have we seen as we trace the history of the Church?

More than anything, Tozer is calling his readers to think rightly about God; “rightly,” meaning according to what the Bible tells us about Him. As his famous quote from above tells us, this is the most important thing about us. As if that was not heavy enough, he ups the ante, rightly saying,

All the problems of heaven and earth, though they were to confront us together and at once, would be nothing compared with the overwhelming problem of God: That He is; what He is like; and what we as moral beings must do about Him.

This is the pursuit of all of philosophy and theology, and mankind will forever be reckoning with the fact that there is a God, regardless of what they determine to do about it.

But for the person who comes to terms with God and understands and accepts His gospel, he, “is relieved if ten thousand temporal problems,” because he sees that they all pale in comparison to that which God is at work doing in the world. But unless “the weight of the burden is felt the gospel can mean nothing to the man; and until he sees a vision of God high and lifted up, there will be no woe and no burden.” If we don’t think rightly about God, we will not see our need for God and the goodness of His grace and mercy in the cross of Jesus. This is nonsense to those who don’t yet know Him, of course, but it is the power of salvation for those who believe.

Tozer writes with such force because he sees a right view of God slipping away, endangering not only the institution of the church, but the very Truth it stands for. The danger is that, “Low views of God destroy the gospel for all who hold them.” These low views of God pave the way for the most destructive of all sins — idolatry; the essence of which, Tozer writes, “is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.”

When considering how much of the New Testament is a rebuke of false teaching or an exhortation for others to correct false teaching, this makes a great deal of sense. False teaching leads to false thinking which leads to false gods. Any entertainment of a god other than the God as revealed in the Bible is idolatry because it epitomizes that which is not actually God. “The idolater simply imagines things about God and acts as if they were true.”

What a message for today when we are so susceptible to wrong thinking. The rampant pluralism, intense social pressure, and increasing secularism of the day make for an ideal moment for the Enemy to attack our understanding of God. This was the first and most dangerous temptation first uttered in the Garden. And our epidemically low Bible literacy makes it like shooting fish in a barrel.

And perhaps this is precisely how Tozer felt when he wrote of his own day that,

The Church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking, worshiping men. This she has done not deliberately, but little by little and without her knowledge; and her very unawareness only makes her situation all the more tragic.

Surely Tozer was viewed as a doomsdayer by some when he wrote that, and perhaps the same will be said of me. But I cannot help but feel like the situation is even more dire today. Those in the Church are daily giving way to low views of God and His Word, handing over not only the foundation for their convictions, but the very foundations of the faith itself. It feels as if the Devil learned from his reign in Babylon that he can succeed in turning us away from God by simply assimilating the world into the faith, thereby assimilating the faith into the world. This strategy is an ingenious, insidious plot to replace a high view of God with a far lesser and far lower one. This, “low view of God entertained almost universally among Christians is the cause of a hundred lesser evils everywhere among us,” Tozer writes. “A whole new philosophy of the Christian life has resulted from this one basic error in our religious thinking.”

There is only one way out of this mess. I’ll let Tozer himself explain:

The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worthy of Him — and of her. In all her prayers and labors this should have first place. We do the greatest service to the next generation of Christians by passing on to the undimmed and undiminished that noble concept of God which we received from our Hebrew and Christian fathers of generations past. This will prove of greater value to them than anything that art or science can devise.