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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.

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Dumpster Roses

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

It’s not what I expect to find when I take out the trash. Laying on the ground at the foot of the dumpster is a clear glass vase filled with a dozen red roses. Complete with all the greenery and Baby’s Breath, there is a red and black teddy bear lashed to the vase with […]

Terms and Conditions

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

During a Phoenix Seminary class in 1994, Dr. Norm Wakefield gave us a bookmark. I’ve had it in my Bible every day since. One side reads: “The terms and conditions of a relationship determine the nature of the relationship.” This is true. For example, think about the employers you’ve had in your life. Managers like […]

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 […]

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 […]

No Strings Attached

Monday, January 28th, 2008

In demonstrating Saladmaster cookware I have fun showing off the Saladmaster machine. Invented back in 1946 by a man named Harry Lemmons, it’s an amazing food processor that is unique in its simplicity, efficiency and design. One thing I show customers is what it can do with a stalk of celery. Everyone’s least favorite part of celery […]

Rear View Mirror

Friday, January 11th, 2008

The 1976 movie “Gumball Rally” is about an illegal coast to coast road race that starts in New York City and ends in Los Angeles. If you’re a fan of fast cars and road rally racing, it’s an entertaining film. Car buffs who thrill to the sounds of performance engines say it’s especially fun to watch with […]

What’s The Point?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Ever see something that makes you wonder, “What’s the point?” It’s really windy here in Lubbock. Which is to say the Pope is Catholic, water is wet, the Grand Canyon is deep, and the Minnesota Vikings still haven’t won a Super Bowl. If Rodgers and Hammerstein weren’t able to obtain the financing for “Oklahoma!” they could have staged the musical […]

Memory

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Fox News reported last October that Akira Haraguchi, a Japanese mental health counselor, broke his own world record by reciting pi to 100,000 decimal places from memory. The 60-year old man needed 16 hours to do it. In mathematical terms, pi is “a physical constant defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its […]

Henny Penny

Monday, February 26th, 2007

A couple years ago at about 4 o’clock in the morning I woke up sharply, thinking it had to be a dream. I’m not in Iowa anymore so it can’t be what I think I heard. I put head to pillow when I heard it again. This time Palmer heard it, too, and he hit the doggie […]

Dress Code

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Phil Collins is a popular and highly successful musician whose career has spanned several decades as a drummer and solo artist. Back in the early 80’s he was on tour with Robert Plant. They were staying at the Ambassador Hotel in Chicago. Between themselves, their band and their entourage they occupied about 30 rooms, paying exorbitant prices. On […]

The God Who Loves You

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Before there was a beginning, there was God. Before there was a universe with galaxies and black holes and white hot stars, there was God. God filled this nothingness and there was no void, because God is all God needs. He is complete in and of Himself. He is in the best sense of the […]

What Are You Worth?

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Ever watch the “Antiques Roadshow”? It’s a TV program that goes from city to city with a group of expert appraisers who evaluate the treasures people bring in. The show is eclectic in that you learn about the history of diverse items. Everything from vases and furniture to jewlery and sports memorabilia. For those individuals selected to be […]

The Greatest Story Ever Told Meets The Garbage Pail Kids

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

Heading for the check out lane at Fry’s Food and Drug tonight I glanced at a display rack of DVD’s. “All Movies $9.99”. On the top row in the middle was “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, an epic film from 1965 about the life of Jesus Christ. From His miraculous virgin birth to His sacrificial death on the […]

Owning It

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Hope Covenant, my home church, is in Chandler, Arizona. Like the other towns in the Phoenix valley, it began as a small farming town that over the decades morphed into an urban area. About 3 million people live in the metro area known as the “Valley of the Sun”. Vestiges of the former agricultural existence […]

A Fair Hearing

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

It was fall of 1993. We had lived here only a couple months and were still finding our way around the valley. One late afternoon we discovered a Chinese restaurant somewhere in Mesa and had dinner there. When we were finished I went up to the counter to pay the check. After the cashier handed […]

The Week Before Christmas

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Annie and Emma unbuckled their seat belts and tried to be the first to sit next to me. It was time for our “pre-preschool” parking lot conversation. We had been talking about Christmas on the drive over and they were offering some final thoughts. Annie squeezed her tush between the seats, sat down and said, […]

Heaven (Audio Message)

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

[audio:http://www.asliceoflifetogo.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/01-Heaven2005.mp3] We are loaded down with the weight of living in a fallen world. Even our best days are sprinkled with sadness, disappointments and tears. And on our worst days we feel like it will never end. The good news is that Jesus died that we might have life after this fallen world. The day […]

Why God Loves You…And Why It’s Not About What You Do (Audio Message)

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

[audio:http://www.asliceoflifetogo.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/01-WhyGodLovesYou.mp3] We live in a performance based society. GPA. ERA. SAT scores. Sales figures. MPG. Batting averages. Won/Loss columns. S&P 500. P&L statements. We measure everything. It’s easy to carry that performance mentality into our relationship with God. But what if our best efforts could never be enough? The essential, invaluable lesson of “imputed worth”. (Presented to […]

The World Is Going To The Dogs And Why Maybe That Would Be A Good Thing

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

The Fox News headline says that two 2nd grade girls were found murdered in Zion, Illinois today. These best friends went out to ride their bikes together and never came back. Some despicable, evil bastard stabbed them multiple times and left them for dead. In an unrelated Fox News story, a stray dog in Nairobi, […]

The Mud People

Thursday, April 15th, 2004

Once upon a time in a place not so far away lived the Mud People. They lived under a big blue sky like you and me. They worked and ate and drank and slept and lived their lives in ordinary ways. At the top of the High Hill, with a view of the entire valley […]

Good Friday

Friday, April 9th, 2004

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” According to the Gospel of Luke, these are the first words spoken by Jesus while on the cross. For the Roman soldiers walking the perimeter, it’s all in a day’s work. Some people push pencils and keep records for a living. Others sell groceries in […]

“Dude, It’s Only Stuff”

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

Walking across the parking lot to my truck, I looked up at the blue sky and thought how glad I am to live where I’m not shoveling snow the day before New Year’s Eve. Unlocking the door on my Mazda and getting in the way I’ve done thousands of times, I stopped half way. The […]

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 […]

The Weight Of Christmas Present

Thursday, December 20th, 2001

“Are you finding everything ok?” The 20-something brother and sister were looking through a stack of Phoenix Suns shirts. “Who knows? We’re buying for our mother. She’s really picky.” “Don’t you have the “it’s from my daughter, I’m sure whatever it is I’ll love it” thing going for you?” “You don’t know our mother.” “So […]