“Thinking Chair”


John Maxwell writes that he has a “thinking chair.” This is a chair in his office that he sits in when he needs to stop and really think through some things. By getting up and going to another place (even though it is in the same office just a few steps away), his mind makes a switch. It goes from production mode to thinking/imagining/dreaming/strategizing mode.

In my house, I have a man-chair. I spend time with Jesus, read, and think in this space. In my office, I have a chair a few steps away from my desk. This is the place I go to read, reflect, and pray.

Do you have a space? If not, you run the grave risk of going about every minute, hour, and day of your existence without any true purpose, plan, and/or meaning. You have to stop every once in a while if you want to put your heart into the what and where and why of your existence.

Don’t do this and well, live shallow. Superficial. Like everybody else.

Find your space, stop, and breathe some fresh air so that your life can be intentionally meaningful.


Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

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