We become what we practice.

When I want to change my life—lose weight, work out, read the Bible and pray more often—I don’t make much progress until I change my habits. Good thoughts and New Year’s resolutions don’t last without a plan.

Jen Pollock Michel offers eight habits for reimagining productivity, resisting hurry, and practicing peace in her latest book, In Good Time. She invites us to seek wisdom that’s more concerned with ethical practice than Type-A respectability. She helps us recognize that we detest waiting, because we have to believe God is acting when we’re not.

But since we live according to God’s sovereign plan, we have every reason for hope in all circumstances. Michel writes, “If you only live once, your hope lasts only as long as this life. But if your life can be incorporated into the God who makes all things new, if you can hold to the vision of Revelation 21 of a world from which mourning and pain have passed away, you have time for hope.”

I love that: “You have time for hope.” That’s significant because Jen observes that time has replaced place as the primary context for modern life. I’m eager to talk with Jen about this book.

But there was another reason I invited Jen on the podcast. In 2019, I stood at a crossroads—I didn’t know whether to focus more on writing books or start a podcast. She recommended a podcast. And here we are: episode 100 of Gospelbound, with nearly 4.5 million downloads and counting.