Justin Whitmel Earley was just about to turn 30 when he had a complete anxiety collapse. The years that followed were extremely dark. He went from being a former missionary in China, to a few short years later, an anxious lawyer, medicating with alcohol. He felt like a failure as a father, husband, worker and human being in general.
In his recovery, Justin discovered that habits form us more than we form them. He believes the answer to our contemporary chaos is to practice a rule of life that aligns our habits to our beliefs. His new book, The Common Rule, offers four daily and four weekly habits, designed to help us create new routines and transform frazzled days into lives of love for God and neighbor.
These are concrete, doable practices, such as a daily hour of phoneless presence or a weekly conversation with a friend. These habits have been lived out by people across all walks of life―businesspeople, professionals, parents, students, retirees―who have discovered new hope and purpose.
I can’t wait for you to meet him. Here’s the interview on the Dear Daughters Podcast Episode 79.
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Justin’s Letter to His Younger Self
Knowing what I know now, I would have first, gently told myself, there is SO much hope. Suffering and trials and personal failure are real but God’s grace and redemption means that EVEN those things will be used for his good. It doesn’t erase the suffering, but it does help in walking through those things differently.
Want to write a letter to your younger self?
… grateful, grateful for Davis sharing their music for the DD Podcast. :)