A Slice Of Life To Go is an online Christian blog written by Todd Thompson. It encourages people to see the beauty in ordinary moments and to know God’s unconditional, unfailing love in everyday life.

Extending Grace

Big Ice

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Do you ever wonder if your kids are listening? Do you ever wonder if they take to heart anything that you tell them? Do they ever connect the dots in ways that surprise you? It’s bedtime. Past bedtime, actually. Being a bad Dad or good Dad, depending on your perspective, I had allowed Annie and […]

Freeway Opening

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

They say Chicago has two seasons: winter and road construction. In Phoenix, unless you count the 20 minutes in January where you put on a sweater, there is no winter. Which means that in the Valley of the Sun, orange pylons, barricades and flashing yellow lights are always in season. One wouldn’t think opening a new […]

Hard Morning

Friday, July 25th, 2008

It was a hard morning for Emma. Purposely provoking her sister Annie to frustration. Lots of button pushing in her communication with me. A good measure of “I hear what Daddy is saying but I’ll do it when I feel like it.” Then, when called to accountability, blaming her sister or feigning poor hearing as excuses for her […]

How To Be Kind

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Smile. Crack a joke. Help the carry out person wrangle a couple stray carts. Write a real paper and pen note to a former teacher telling them what you learned from them. Call your parents and tell them you noticed how much smarter they got after you went to college. Hold the door for someone. Let […]

Frog In The House

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

There are some differences between this place I’ve been for a month and Phoenix, the place I was for the past 14 years. For starters, Lubbock is more than ten times smaller. Had I come here straight from the farm, it would have seemed like a big city. But moving from 4 million to 220,000 […]

“The X Factor”

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Anyone you know that’s not acting like themselves this week? Someone who doesn’t seem like they’re on top of their game? They say, “What you see is what you get.” Rarely is that true when it comes to people. For most of us, life is like an iceberg. The bulk of what’s there is below […]

Voice From The Past

Monday, May 1st, 2006

He was sorting through a wall rack of Phoenix Suns T-shirts, obviously not finding the size he was looking for. He had his back to me when I asked, “Can I help you?” Still focused on the shirts he answered, “Do you have this in a Small?” That voice. I’ve heard it before. But not […]


Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Here in the Phoenix valley, conveniences abound. Drive three minutes in any direction from my house and you’ll find a Target, Wal-Mart, Costco, Home Depot, Discount Tire, and numerous large grocery stores. Not to mention the endless strip malls full of specialty shops. Anyone need to refurbish a Ford Mustang? Buy a dune buggy? Just […]

Standing In Line

Monday, June 3rd, 2002

I have a bad feeling as soon as I walk through the door. To my right, a guy in a chair is trying to keep hold of a squirming, screaming pre-schooler. To my left, a young mother bounces a yelling toddler on one knee while rocking a baby in a car seat with her foot. […]

Annie’s Duffle Bag

Tuesday, May 14th, 2002

“Excuse me…could I get a drink of water?” She must have asked the question at least three times but I didn’t hear her over the spray of the garden hose. It was a Saturday afternoon during my last year of seminary. I was washing my truck in the driveway and a couple of stubborn tar […]

Mercy, Grace And A Second Chance

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002

Mercy means we are spared the punishment we deserve. Grace means we receive blessings we don’t deserve. Sometimes these truths are illustrated in a single terrifying moment. It was 4 PM on the afternoon of April 16th. I had just put my twins down for a nap. Annie and Emma, protesting mildly because it’s in their […]

Extending Grace

Tuesday, October 30th, 2001

“Tom, this is Todd calling. Hey, did you fax me anything yesterday?” Yesterday Tom said he was faxing facts and figures. By noon. It’s 10:35 AM a day later. If he did fax it, I didn’t get it. “No, Todd, I didn’t.” Honest response. Straight answer. Surprising. Not that Tom isn’t honest. “I was just […]