Don't Gift-Wrap the Garbage: Down-To-Earth Daily Meditations for Women

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The author shares her reflections from an ordinary life, showing how mundane experiences can be the perfect opportunity for developing an intimate relationship with God.

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Karen Stroup is a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a senior lecturer at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, she earned her Ph.D. in religion and psychology from Vanderbilt in 1996. Stroup is the author of numerous articles as well as co-author of Speak the Language of Healing: How to Have Breast Cancer Without Going to War (Conari Press). She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her dog, Buzz.

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January 21 - Gift-Wrapping the Garbage

Loren Broadus is a remarkable man. He was one of my professors when I was in seminary, and the most unassuming man on the faculty. He didn't teach "important" classes like Bible or theology; instead, he taught the practical courses, which didn't get much respect from faculty or students. Loren has written innumerable books, all of them theologically based but completely accessible. He writes so that any Christian can understand what he's saying. That's a skill most professors (and many clergy) don't have. Loren's books always deal with very practical matters: ethics, suffering, life balance, procrastination. Loren always offers very practical advice, often in memorable sayings, such as "Don't gift-wrap the garbage." (He graciously gave his permission to use his maxim as the title of this book.) Of course I don't literally gift-wrap the garbage. The image of wrapping garbage in pretty paper and putting bows on top is ridiculous. Yet very often this is exactly what I do. Not gift-wrapping the garbage means I don't spend time and energy on things that aren't important. I don't give anything more time than it deserves. I'm not bogged down with guilt and anxiety for trying to be perfect when it's neither possible nor required. I expect you'll agree with me when I say that now, many years out of seminary, I realize Loren was probably the smartest professor there. "Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine."
(Matthew 7:6)

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