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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.

Kindness

Signature

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

In 1993 I was living in LeMars, Iowa, population 9,000 and the home of Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream. It was the biggest town I’d ever lived in. It had an all-night grocery store and a McDonald’s so I thought it was the big time. You can imagine that when in August of that year God […]

Monet 77

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

What are you signing your name to? Some years ago my friend Duane Cross and I were in the Chicago area attending a preaching/speaking conference at Willow Creek Church. Before going to O’Hare to catch our plane, we spent several hours at the Chicago Art Institute. If someone gave me a ticket to anywhere in […]

The Wiser Ones

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

We notice him as we walk into Whataburger. A frail, slightly stooped elderly man helping his equally frail wife get out of a big white Mercury Marquis. While she balances precariously on a four-footed cane, he tries to pull the sleeve of her red sweater up over her shoulder. Inside we are second in line. […]

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 […]

Recycle

Monday, November 26th, 2007

I once worked with someone from Bermuda. He was very outgoing and kind toward his co-workers, even the people who weren’t easy to get along with. One day I commented on this. “I’ve noticed how friendly you are to everyone. Even the people who aren’t very nice.” His answer was insightful. With a big smile and […]

Kindness

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Several weeks ago I took my twin daughters and my niece out for lunch at a small town cafe. As a Dad you always hope your kids mind their manners. So it was nice to hear Annie and Emma say “please” and “thank you” without being prompted. When our server left to go get our beverages Annie asked, […]

Applause

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

In my part-time job at America West Arena (recently renamed US Airways Center after yet another corporate merger) I’ve had opportunity to observe the myriad of pre-event preparations in the building. Included in the flurry of activity is the rehearsal of the national anthem. The group or individual singing or playing gets one shot to […]

PHX to LAX

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Spring 1998. A 2:30 Friday afternoon flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles, the flight taken by many business people trying to get home for the weekend.   I’m headed to California to visit Charlie, an old college friend. As you probably know, there are no reserved seats on Southwest Airlines. You show up for the […]

Ten Dollars

Monday, May 9th, 2005

While walking across the open first level of the Luhr’s Parking garage in downtown Phoenix, I spotted him across the street. A bedraggled, scruffy, gray bearded guy in a dirty blue jacket pushing himself backward down the sidewalk in a wheelchair. Panhandlers are fairly common around America West Arena, especially late at night after events. […]

An Untimely Word

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003

They are the modern version of water cooler conversations that began with, “Hey, did ya hear the one about….?” Humorous emails, some with digital pictures or video clips, forwarded to us from friends and acquaintances to brighten our day. The subject line of this one read “Bits of Wisdom”. The list included tongue-in-cheek thoughts about […]

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. […]

In The Heat Of The Moment

Thursday, April 11th, 2002

It was a family vacation during the summer of my 8th grade year. My grandparents were taking the trip with us to Ohio and West Virginia to visit distant relatives. At the end of a long day of driving, we spotted a motel just outside a tiny town in Indiana. One of those small, 30-room […]

Never An Owner, Always A Manager

Monday, February 4th, 2002

Several years ago I was in the Minneapolis airport waiting out a flight delay that was lasting well into the evening. You can only fill the time so many ways. After I’d eaten dinner and browsed the newsstand I found a seat and pulled out a book to read. An elderly woman took a seat […]

Without A Word

Tuesday, January 15th, 2002

Last February I took my Dad to a Phoenix Suns game. We had a great time even though the Chicago Bulls weren’t the toughest opponent. When you go to a game with your Dad, it doesn’t really matter who’s playing. Early in the 2nd quarter, a young family showed up to occupy the empty seats […]