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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.

God’s Higher Purpose

Cactus In A Cottonwood

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Growing up in Iowa, I’ve seen a lot of cottonwood trees. Having lived in Arizona, I’ve seen a lot of cactus. Here at the lake in Texas, I’ve seen them both together. Down the road in a neighbor’s backyard is a large cottonwood tree. About seven feet off the ground in the notch where the […]

Pressure

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Under pressure? Feeling squeezed? Me, too. Do you like it? Me, neither. Pressure. Squeezed. Pressed. In the vice. However you describe it, I hate it. So how about we just eliminate it? No more pressure. Badda boom. Badda bing. It’s gone. While waving my mental magic wand, I thought about what life would look like […]

Coin Pushers

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

You’ve seen them in video arcades and every parent’s least favorite kid place, Chuck E. Cheese. Known in the business as “coin pushers”, they are the games which you drop a quarter or a token (that in the end will cost you way more than a quarter) into the slot in a strategic attempt to […]

E-Har-Har-Harmony

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Sometimes we just have to laugh. As Frederick Buechner wrote, “Laughing is better than crying and maybe not even all that different…(because) no matter what the immediate occasion is of either your laughter or your tears, the object of both ends up being yourself and your own life.” Several months ago while driving on Loop […]

Ghost Writer

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The wall mounted mirror is behind the door so you don’t see it when you walk in. Only when you walk out. Even then, I never paid any attention to it. On this particular day life was pouring in more than usual. Like the way I used to feel shoveling through a giant drift after […]

Lonely At Christmas

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

It began as a desperate act of self-preservation. In December of 2007 I’d been living in Lubbock for several months after 14 years in the Phoenix valley. I was a not by choice divorced single Dad living in a place I never wanted to live. Somewhere in the middle of the month I realized that […]

Your Best Act Of Worship

Friday, November 20th, 2009

How do you worship God? Do you sing? Do you play a musical instrument? Do you pray? Do you read the Bible? Do you dance? These are all appropriate expressions of worship. (Yes, my Baptist friends, even dancing.) Yet it seems that the best act of worship is one we often fail to do. Or […]

Charla

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

At the suggestion of my friend, website designer and all-around good guy Adrian, I recently joined Facebook. It’s been fun to reconnect with people that I’ve known from my years in Iowa, Arizona and now Texas. One email came from VJ, a good friend with whom I was on staff at First Baptist Church-Tempe during my seminary days. VJ says, in part…   […]

In The End

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Some time ago during one of my kids’ elementary school events I was walking the halls observing the latest student created art and literary projects displayed on the walls. One was by some third graders who were given the assignment to write about what they thought their future would look like. All were entertaining to […]

Dashes And Dots

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

If someone gave you a ticket to spend a day anywhere in the United States, where would you go? I’d be on a plane to Chicago before you could say “deep dish pizza”. Several years ago I had opportunity to attend a preaching/teaching conference at Willow Creek Church with my friend and pastor Duane Cross. […]

The Unknown

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Years ago my good friend Fred told me about a delightful conversation he had with his then 3-year old grandson, Nathan. Nathan was just about to have another birthday. “Grandpa, I don’t want to be 4. I want to stay 3.” “Why is that?” “Because after you turn 4, then you turn 5.” “What’s wrong with […]

Flat Tire

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Ever think about how one thing leads to another?  If it wasn’t for the person who threw the beer bottle on the street Monday night, I wouldn’t have gotten a flat tire. And if it weren’t for the person who designed the impossible to remove wheel covers on my car I would have been able to change […]

Tattoo

Monday, April 9th, 2007

One of the reasons I enjoy my part-time job selling merchandise at the US Airways Center during Phoenix Suns games is the sheer volume of people who come into our store and walk by in the concourse. I enjoy observing people. Any event that brings nearly 20,000 people to your door means there will be plenty to […]

Letter To Allie

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Allie, Please forgive this note from someone you just met and were only briefly introduced to, but I think I would regret not telling you this. You mentioned in your conversation with your friend Rachel today that you just turned 18 and that you had a baby when you were 16. You said you had given […]

Merry-Go-Round

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

I’m not certain they even exist anymore but during my childhood days they were the centerpiece of every elementary school playground. The merry-go-round. The big, spinning fun maker whose only safety feature was some anti-skid bumps on the metal platform. It was quite simple in construction. A base platform mounted on a center spindle containing […]

In The Shadows Of Christmas

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Take an evening stroll around the neighborhood this month and you’ll see a variety of nativity sets. Some are wood. Some are cardboard cut outs. Some are hollow painted plastic with light bulbs inside. Wherever you live, nativity sets all have the same figures. Mary and Joseph. Shepherds and wise men. Some animals. And of […]

When God Goes Fast

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

When I was in high school my sister Joleen had a horse. I’d ridden him at a gallop many times and thought I’d gone as fast as that horse could go. Until one day my cousin Becky came over on her horse. Then her horse and my sister’s horse decided between themselves they’d show each […]

Megan

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

She’s a beautiful 8 year-old girl with spark and energy. Look at her face and into her bright eyes for only a second and you can feel her keen sense of awareness. Megan is very smart, very strong and, like all kids her age, can be very stubborn. Of all the delightful kids who come […]

Of Tornados And Pie

Monday, August 21st, 2006

It was 25 years ago this month that my Grandpa Thompson passed away. I just realized that today. On the calendar, 25 years is a long time. Yet in my mind not all that long ago. When I look in the mirror, it’s easy to see I’m not the 18 year-old kid who preached his […]

Mold Breaker (Audio Message)

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

[audio:http://www.asliceoflifetogo.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/01-Mold_Breaker.mp3] Each of us have been shaped by our backgrounds. Some of us grew up in church. Some of us didn’t. Some of us went for awhile but stopped because we had a bad experience or because we didn’t like what we heard. Some of us grew up in a home where God was shoved […]

Waiting For Rain

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

  It’s dry in the desert. That’s why they call it a desert. On a good year, the Phoenix valley receives only 7″ of rain. This hasn’t been a good year. Until God turned on the faucet last Saturday, it had been 143 days in a row with no rain. The last time water fell […]

October 18th

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

“So I’m not four anymore?” “No, Annie. You’re five now. Happy Birthday!” For weeks Annie and Emma have been talking about how they would soon be five years old. Now that the day is here, they seem a tiny bit wistful pondering that being five means they are no longer four. I understand that. We […]

Discerning God’s Will (Audio Message)

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

[audio:http://www.asliceoflifetogo.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/01-DiscerningGodsWill.mp3] We’ve all been there. The not so proverbial “fork in the road”. A choice to make. Which path to take? Is one right and the other wrong? If so, how do we know which is which? How do we discern God’s will for our lives? Much as we would like it to be, God’s […]

Small World

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

I’m at a Jamba Juice in Mesa, Arizona waiting for my Berry Lime Sublime smoothie when I notice a lady staring at my America West Arena name badge. “Is Swea City, Iowa your home town?” I tell her it sure is. And how impressed I am that she pronounced it correctly. Swea City’s a small […]

The Season Of Reflection (Audio Message)

Sunday, October 24th, 2004

[audio:http://www.asliceoflifetogo.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/TheSeasonOfReflection.mp3] There’s a difference between thinking and reflecting. We think all the time. We run countless checklists in our head every day. But when’s the last time we took time to reflect on God’s purpose for our life? How a trip to Chicago, time spent viewing the works of the Old Masters, and dashes and dots give pause for […]