Advice to My 13-Year-Old Self

By scottsauls | August 26, 2022

Dear Scott, Hey, it’s me, a much older version of you. I’ve lived most of my life now, and see the world much differently than I did when I was walking in your younger shoes. Even though your body language says that you’re not interested in the things I’m about to share with you, I […]

How Guilt And Shame Can Bring Us Closer To God

By scottsauls | August 21, 2022

When Adam and Eve rejected God’s goodness and authority by eating the forbidden fruit, their eyes were opened and they suddenly recognized that they were naked. This new, hyper-self-conscious reality set in motion a series of actions, each one a strategy to hide the shame that they felt over what they had done. The more […]

Even Tolkien Felt Like A Failure

By scottsauls | August 14, 2022

One time J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a short story to help him process his own frustration with work. The story, Leaf by Niggle, was about an artist who had been commissioned to paint a mural on the side of city hall. Niggle spent the rest of his career attempting to complete that mural, a large and colorful […]

How (And Why) To Put Your Worst Foot Forward

By scottsauls | August 4, 2022

One day in my mid-twenties while studying at Covenant Seminary to become a pastor, I came across a suicide note published in the local newspaper…written by a pastor: “God forgive me for not being any stronger than I am. But when a minister becomes clinically depressed, there are very few places where he can turn […]