‘Where Are You?’

“Where are you?”

The obvious answer to that question is a physical one … but there’s a much more vital spiritual answer.

“Where are you?” is the simple, three-word question God asked Adam (Genesis 3:9) after he and his wife had committed the first sin. The question, while seemingly simple, is deep and full of theological implications. It’s the question I believe God still asks Christ-followers today … if we are listening.

Like Adam and Eve, we have chosen to listen to the wrong voice. We have fallen for the lie implied by the serpent’s question, ““Did God really say … ?” We question God’s authority, and the authority of his Word, and we disobey him. We go our own way rather than his way. We desire what we don’t have rather than being satisfied with what God has given us and trusting him to provide all we really need. We fall short. We sin. We separate ourselves from his loving presence.

But don’t forget. God comes looking for us. He continually draws lost people back to him. He seeks and saves that which has been lost. But he doesn’t force us to do what we don’t want to do. He loves us too much. He’ll never take away our free will—it’s such an important part of how he created us. So sometimes, like the dad in the parable of the lost son (Matthew 15:11-32), he waits for us to come to our senses and head back home to our Father.

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Imagine the dad in that story as he waits in his house for his son to return. Picture the tears running down his cheeks. Hear the impassioned words he cries out to a son who is too far away to hear: My son, oh my son … where are you?

That’s a picture of our loving, Father.

I’m currently using a study on my Bible app based on Kyle Idleman’s book, AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything. “AHA is a spiritual experience that brings about supernatural change,” says Idleman in the first devotional reading. AHA involves three ingredients: an Awakening, Honesty, and Action. We see these ingredients in the lost son’s turnaround, and we can see it in our own if we pay attention.

Today, I’m sitting with God’s question for me: Where are you? I’m considering specific areas of my life where I’ve run away from God or where I’ve been hiding. I’m seeking to be brutally honest and humble as I consider my current spiritual location and I’m looking for where I need to take action.

Some of us may need to step out of the pig trough of our sin—that place where we have become comfortable even though we know how messy it is—and make a difficult journey back home. At the same time, as leaders, we are called by our Father to come alongside those who are still far away from him. “He has committed to us the message of reconciliation….as though God were making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:19, 20).

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The spiritual life of leaders is probably my favorite topic to write and speak about, although I’m certainly not a perfect model. But I believe it’s vital to how we lead and what kind of impact we can make. (If you want to read more on this topic, see my books, Leading from the Heart: A Group Leader’s Guide to a Passionate Ministry and World’s Greatest Small Group: 7 Powerful Traits of a Life-Changing Leader. It’s also the topic of Chapter 2, “A Healthy Group Has a Healthy, Overflowing Leader,” in Small Group Vital Signs: Seven Indicators of Health That Make Groups Flourish, and Chapter 1, “Change the leader of Your Group,” in The Pocket Guide to Burnout-Free Small Group Leadership.)

“Where are you?” is not a question of condemnation from God. It’s a question he asks in his grace and his unmerited love for us. He seeks us—as he seeks our friends and family members and neighbors and co-workers who are still far from him—so that we may have an abiding relationship with him now and for eternity.

How to Start Every Day: This WILL Change Everything!

How did your day start today?

Let me take a few guesses.
Some of you rolled out of bed and thought to yourself, Oh no. It’s Friday the 13th. I wonder what bad thing will happen to me today. 
Or maybe you thought, Tomorrow is February 14 … and then …
  • I’ve got to get to the store today!
  • I can’t wait till tomorrow!
  • I’m going to dread tomorrow!
Or perhaps you simply started the day like most other days, thinking about all the things to do before the weekend, all the calls to make, all the bills to pay, all the worries to worry about …
I feel blessed today. I started my day reading from Psalm 146:
Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. 


I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live (vv. 1-2).

This psalm begins with the Hebrew word, Hallelu. You know, Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! But the psalmist isn’t saying this to others. He’s telling himself to praise the Lord! It’s a necessary reminder to himself, to his soul, to give praise to God.

This is something that ought to come naturally to us, and I imagine it did to humans before sin. But now so many other things, other priorities, other worries, distract us. And so we must constantly, daily, remind ourselves each day to Hallelu, praise the Lord, my soul!
Starting your day this way changes everything! 

As in Psalm 145 and other places, the psalmist is acting upon his will, not just his emotions or his intellect. I will praise the Lord!

As I start each day, I may or may not think I should praise the Lord. I may or may not feel like spending time with Him and worshiping Him. This is a matter of the will. I will praise the Lord all my life. This is my priority. I will seek Him first (Matt. 6:33), above all else. I will love Him with my whole being. I will, because this is now who I am, a new person in Christ Jesus.
When I start my day with Hallelu, praising the Lord, I am telling my soul and I am reaffirming to God, and I am modeling for my family that He is my top priority. He is transcendent, above all else to me. I’m starting my day acknowledging that He is my God, my only God, and I won’t have any other gods in my life.
Yes, I will praise the Lord!
How about you?

More Posts on This Subject

The Lord Is on Our Side
Silencing the Monkeys in the Banana Trees
Five Straightforward Steps for Making God’s Word a Daily Part of Your Life
The Most Important Thing You Do Today: It’s Not Reading the Bible!

The Lord Is on Our Side

The Lord is on our side. 

I came across these six little words as I read Psalm 124 this morning. These words are so vital to our lives that the writer, David, asked the people to repeat them. I took some time to simply meditate on these small yet profoundly impacting words. Here are a few of my thoughts. Let’s begin by repeating these words, meditating and focusing on the words to bring additional meaning:

GOD is on my side!

God is on MY side!

God IS on my side!

When everyone else seems to be against me, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe is, indeed, in my corner. I have his power on my side. He won’t leave me when the fighting gets tough. He’ll stand in front of me to protect me. But sometimes he’ll put his hand on my back and give me an encouraging shove to enter into the battle myself–with him still at my side. He never leaves or forsakes me in times of trouble.

Later in the psalm, are the words, “Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Let that sink in for a moment. The God who made everything that exists is on my side and is here—right here!—to help me. He has already helped me in the midst of my sin by dying for me and saving me. And he continues to do even more through the powerful working of his Spirit. He will do this for me and you TODAY.

Whatever you and I are dealing with today, our help will come from him. How? I don’t know yet. I bet you don’t either. I wish I did. But I need to continue keeping in step with the Spirit who is here as my help. I have to walk his way, according to his plans and purposes, not my own. I need to do things his way.

The next thing I did as I read this psalm was to talk to God about my day today, and I simply reminded myself that in every big and little thing, God is on my side and he is here to help me. I submitted myself to him and doing things his way, and I asked for his wisdom and power in the midst of the things I do today.

God is on your side! What does that mean to you today?

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5 Minute Daily Devotions for Leaders … C’mon Man!

I am reposting some of most-read posts from the past as I speak at the Cell-Church Conference in Brazil. Tomorrow, I begin teaching in Águas de Lindoia, which is in the south of Brazil, about a two and a half hour car drive from Sao Pãulo.. Please continue to pray for me and those I’ll be speaking to! 

The following post is one of the most popular posts on my blog in the last month. It’s also a topic very close to my heart. 


Leadership is about two primary activities: receiving and overflowing. As a small group leader — as any kind of leader — my relationship with God comes first. I first must receive from him, and when I make myself available, God gladly pours into me all the things I do not have on my own, but that those I lead need: grace, love, patience, power, compassion, and so much more. When I am receiving, I can overflow, but I cannot overflow without receiving.

Today as I read Psalm 61, I came to a significant verse:

Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings! (Psalm 61:4, New Living Translation).

King David was on the run, but he yearned to be back in Jerusalem, not because that’s where his palatial home was, but because that’s where God’s sanctuary was. To David, God’s presence resided especially in the sanctuary, and David yearned to be there.

Leader, don’t miss the word forever here. David longed to dwell in God’s presence forever. The relationship, the fellowship, he had with God was so sweet he didn’t want it to end!

Here’s a tough question for us today. Do you feel the same way as you spend time with God?

Do you rush through your daily quiet time to get to the “more important” things you have to do or would you rather hang out with God a little longer, enjoying some intimate time with him? Do you schedule a 5 or 15 minute meeting with God and just do the bare minimum because you feel you should, or do you open your heart to God and desire to spend as much time as needed to enter into real fellowship with him?

I’m concerned for us, Christian leaders, that perhaps we’ve set our own agendas for our times with God rather than coming humbly to him seeking out his agenda and purposes for our time together. There are a number of “entry-level” devotionals out there that help beginners spend time with God. Five Minute Bible Devotionals, Five Minutes with Christ, Five Minutes a Day: 365 Daily Devotionals … I found a bunch of these listed on Amazon. And those are fine, I suppose, for new Christians. But if you’re leading others and you’re still doing 5 minutes a day with God, I just want to say, “C’mon man!”

I believe that our time spent in solitude with God is THE secret to fruit-bearing ministry. You must receive before you can overflow!

How is your time with God? Are you rushing through it or, like David, do you not want it to end?

Silencing the Monkeys in the Banana Tree

I came across a quote in an article by Henri Nouwen recently that made me laugh and then made me think:

Your inner life is like a banana tree filled with monkeys jumping up and down.*

This is hilarious … and true … and sad. I’m so distracted with so much. Even as I write this, I have Monday Night Football on and am eating a couple pieces of toast. I’m thinking about my day tomorrow and a meeting I need to plan, and a million other things.

Maybe you’re like me. I sit down to have a time with God every day. Just an hour or so to be close to my Father. To hear from him, talk with him, surrender my day to him. And then the monkeys start jumping up and down.

I really desire to be a man after God’s own heart, and I know that starts in solitude with God. Nouwen defines solitude as “being with God and God alone,” and we need to create space in our lives for that. But it’s so hard to spend time with God alone when the monkeys are in the trees.

God wants to tell me, You are my beloved. You matter to me. Be still and know I am your God. But I still hear the monkeys constantly chattering, What about what you thought about last night? Try harder. Work more. Prove you are beloved. You can’t. You’re not good enough.

For me, this is all part of what it means to become more like Christ, who heard the same monkeys chattering and yet was not distracted by them. He was able to stay focused on hearing God’s voice above all the noise. As Nouwen put it,

Jesus listened to that voice all the time, and he was able to walk right through life. People were applauding him, laughing at him; praising him and rejecting him; calling “Hosanna!” and calling “Crucify!” But in the midst of that, Jesus knew one thing—I am the beloved; I am God’s favorite one. He clung to that voice.

In the same article, Nouwen says that solitude with God comes first, and then community and then ministry. This is important for people who desire to be leaders after God’s own heart, leaders who bear fruit because we are connected with Jesus. But more on this in upcoming posts.

So … how do you silence the monkeys? What do you do to be with God and God alone?

* from the article, “Moving from Solitude to Community to Ministry,” Leadership magazine, Spring 1995.



Five Straightforward Steps for Making God’s Word a Daily Part of Your Life

I have been writing about the vitality of God’s Word for leaders, whether you lead a small group, a ministry, a church, a business, a family, or yourself. Yesterday I wrote about my love for God’s Word. Like the writer of Psalm 119, I desire to seek God with all my heart (v. 10). Like most humans, I struggle with this. It’s like I’m in a battle … because I am!

Psalm 119 provides a lot of incentive for us to get into God’s Word and learn from it. The psalmist talks about hiding God’s Word in his heart, meditating on it, taking delight in God’s statutes, rejoicing in following God’s commands … but just how do we get there? How do we get to the place where we, like the psalmist, love God’s Word and delight in living according to it?

As I’ve read Psalm 119, I’ve come across a number of hints. Here are five verses that I think helped the psalmist, and can help you and me as well, to make reading, meditating, and obeying God’s Word our way of life:

  1. “I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes” (v. 59). It all starts with looking within. Do I have the wisdom to live life well? No. Do I have the power within me to do great things for God? Absolutely not. When I look within me, looking at my own resources, I must confess my deficiency … actually I’m being too kind … I must admit my utter wretchedness. And so, I consider my ways, and that leads me to turn my steps to God’s way. There’s a biblical word for this: repentance.
  2. “I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws” (v. 30). The second thing I must do it to choose. God has given you and me the freedom and the will to make our own choices. Like Joshua, I have chosen to serve the Lord (24:15). The personal choice you make is more than an intellectual decision or an emotional response, although both of those are involved. It is a decision of the will. Note how many times in Psalm 119 the phrase “I will” occurs. The psalmist had chosen as a matter of his will to follow God and to study God’s Word.
  3. “This has been my practice: I obey your precepts” (v. 56). Making this decision means putting it on your schedule. You make it a normal part of your everyday practice. When preachers talk about spiritual disciplines, they often start here. But you can’t skip the first two vital steps! The psalmist had made the reading of, meditating on, and obedience to God’s Word his practice. It had become a regular discipline for him, but I’m sure it was anything but routine! A word of warning here. This is the step where sometimes people make this whole thing Pharisaical; that is, legalistic. Jesus called the religious leaders hypocrites because they honored God with their lips, but their hearts were far from God (Matthew 15:7-9; cf. Isaiah 29:13). Make God’s Word a part of your everyday life because you desire to know God and his ways. Dive into the Scriptures because you love God and desire to develop a stronger relationship with him.
  4. “I will not neglect your word” (v. 10). Sometimes we get off to a good start but then something happens to disrupt the good practices we have developed. Life gets busy. The holidays come. The boss demands more. The kids get sick. We get sidetracked. We just don’t feel like it. Satan gets busy. Actually, all those excuses can be summarized in the last one: Satan gets busy in our lives. He and his foul friends hate when we turn to God and take joy in his Word. Our commitment to the kingdom of God is a threat to his earthly kingdom. And this is why you and I need good, strong, caring, God-seeking friends. It’s why you and I need a small group where people are asking us regularly about how we’re doing. It’s why the guys in my men’s group regularly ask one another what we’re reading in God’s Word. We all need encouragement and accountability for the commitments we’ve made in life.
  5. “I will always obey your law, for ever and ever” (v. 44). There is some firm finality in the psalmist’s words. He has made a resolute long-term plan to live his life a certain way: God’s way, according to God’s Word.
I’m in. I’ve considered my ways; I’ve chosen; I’m making this my practice. I won’t neglect it. From here on out, I will always live by God’s Word.
How about you?



A Christian Leader’s Confession: I Love God!
Want to Be a Good Leader? Start Here!

A Christian Leader’s Confession: I Love God’s Word!

I love God’s Word. 

To some people that might sound weird. A little fanatical. Some may even say my love is misplaced: it’s OK to enjoy reading the Bible,but you should reserve your love for God, right?

The Bible is more than just a book to read. It’s different than Tom Sawyer or Atlas Shrugged or Twilight. The Bible is more than just words on pages; it’s active and alive. It is an integral part of the relationship between us and God. And it’s more than just the way God communicates with us. The apostle John called Jesus the Word (John 1:1) the Word that became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14).

In the psalms, especially Psalm 119, God’s love, salvation, and promise are intimately connected with his Word (119:41). As we come to Scripture, we must start with relationship; otherwise the reading of God’s Word can become legalistic and we will not fully understand it.
Yes, I love God’s Word. It’s not drudgery to read it. I delight in it and look forward to meditating on it, so that I can hear from my Creator Father, the One who loves me so much he came to sacrifice himself for me.

for I delight in your commands
because I love them.
I reach out for your commands, which I love,
that I may meditate on your decrees (Psalm 119:47-48).

Note the actions in these verses: the psalmist says he “reaches out” for God’s commands. This is not a passive faith, but a very active, aggressive pursuit of God. 

This psalm often talks about the value of meditating on God’s decrees. Note that this is far more than just reading the Bible. Meditating means we really think about and even feel what God is saying to us. It involves listening intently and patiently. When I read a passage and meditate on it, I ask God questions, such as: What does this mean? What are you saying to me? How does this relate to me? How can I live this out? What are you promising me here? What are you telling me to change? How are you encouraging me? How are you challenging me? How does this affect my relationships with you, Father, and with others?

The Holy Spirit is active and moving when we take time to meditate on God’s Word.

By the way, I can’t meditate on God’s Word in 5 or 15 minutes a day. This can’t be rushed any more than a relationship with your spouse or child or friend can be rushed.

What is your attitude when it comes to the Bible? How does your attitude compare to the psalmist’s?
Do you love God’s Word? If this is a struggle for you, stay tuned. I’ll speak to this more soon.


Want to Be a Good Leader? Start Here!
Want to Be a Great Leader? Live with Integrity!
Trying Hard in the Spiritual Life: Rx for Burnout?

Trying Hard in the Spiritual Life: Rx for Burnout?

As Christ-following leaders–of small groups, ministries, churches, families, businesses, ourselves–we know that our relationship with God must come first. If we spend time with him, committed to walking with him, seeking him, and putting his kingdom first, he will take care of everything else and will overflow through us into the lives of those we lead.

We know that, don’t we? But how do we accomplish it?

Psalm 119:9-16 provides an answer, but I think the psalmist missed something. First, read his response:

How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.
I have tried hard to find you—
don’t let me wander from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
I praise you, O LORD;
teach me your decrees.
I have recited aloud
all the regulations you have given us.
I have rejoiced in your laws
as much as in riches.
I will study your commandments
and reflect on your ways.
I will delight in your decrees
and not forget your word.

The psalmist shares a number of ways to work at obeying God’s Word, but none of these will bear fruit over the long haul without the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Trying harder, by your own human efforts alone, to be a good Christian or a good leader will lead you to burnout and ineffectiveness.
I know this is true for me. I can try hard to find God, meditate on and memorize Scripture, praise him through songs and prayer, recite his Word aloud, study the Bible, and even rejoice and delight in God’s Word, and then, five minutes later, I can sin in the most vile way. Trying hard to do the right things in the flesh won’t work long-term, because we have a powerful enemy who sees our efforts and will take us down. I cannot fight this fight in my flesh, as well-meaning as I am. It’s only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Yes, these things are the right things to do, but my efforts and your efforts to do them are not enough.

Want to Be a Great Leader? Live with Integrity!

Our world is in desperate need for leaders with integrity. 

A healthy leader whom God will use to carry out his mission, bearing lasting fruit, is a person of high integrity. But you already knew that, didn’t you? Yet here’s the thing. Integrity is pretty easy to believe in and talk about; but it’s incredibly hard to live out.

Integrity has been defined as doing the right thing even when no one is looking. But it’s more than that. It’s telling the truth even when the facts might damage your reputation or your career. It’s obeying God even when it doesn’t make sense. It’s loving your spouse even when they hurt you. It’s keeping your promises even if you’d never be caught. It’s turning the channel when your favorite TV show “goes there.” It’s following God’s Word even when it’s inconvenient … or extremely difficult … or even if you’d be persecuted for it.

Integrity is impossible in your own strength. 

To live with integrity, you must first love God with all your heart, strength, and mind. Having integrity means you know God is in control of your world, no matter what the circumstances look like. Integrity and faith are intricately connected. Faith and living with integrity both look beyond the current circumstances of your life to something, Someone, bigger, more powerful, more important.

People of integrity seek God’s kingdom first, knowing he will take care of everything else. Living with integrity means you really do believe and trust in God.

“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord” (Psalm 119:1, NLT). I often don’t see immediate payoffs for keeping my integrity. My integrity costs me something, at least in the short term. But none of these circumstances can take away my joy or the blessings that come from doing the right thing, by following the instructions of the Lord, with God’s power. After all, he is in control.

People of integrity “do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths” (v. 3). We compromise with evil when we stray off his paths, the paths he has cleared, the paths he is walking ahead of us on, the paths he desires for us to walk. His Word is our map for these paths.

The writer of Psalm 119 confessed, “Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!” (v. 5). Being a person of integrity does not mean being perfect. It does, however, mean being honest, truthful about yourself, and transparent.

People of integrity are humble people. They confess their sins to God and to people they trust.

How do you know if you are living with integrity? The psalmist provided the answer: Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands” (v. 6). How are you doing with this? As you read and meditate on Scripture, do you compare your life with God’s Word?

People of integrity are thankful people. The psalmist said, “As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!” (v. 7). Thanksgiving is coming up soon. Do you want to be truly thankful to God? Live as you should! In other words, live with integrity each day.

In the final verse in this great section, the psalmist says, I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!”(v. 8). I can relate with that, can’t you? Actually, it should probably say, “I will try to obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me when I fail!”

Integrity is impossible without God, but it does take intentional, everyday effort on my part. The biggest thing for me that makes integrity possible is spending time with God each day, reading his Word, listening to him, and growing in my relationship with him. I learn what integrity is from his Word, and he gives me the strength I need to live his way.

Do you want to be a leader after God’s own heart? Live with integrity.

Want to Be a Good Leader? Start Here!

Do you want to be a leader after God’s heart? Do you have a passion for leading a healthy group, ministry, church, business, or family–or life? If your answer is yes, you are in for an exciting, dangerous, life-changing journey as you partner with God and allow him to pour himself into you so you may overflow his goodness into others.

Oh, by the way, did I mention there are high costs to you as you travel on this journey?

I have been slowly, methodically reading through the psalms, and right now I’m in Psalm 119. Each day I read one stanza from this great psalm and spend time digging into it, meditating on it, journaling my thoughts and feelings, and using this time to hear from God.

Today I read verses 65-72. This, as is this entire psalm, is a prayer. The theme of this section is God’s goodness. This is a great place for you and me to start as leaders: with a recognition that God is good and everything he does is good! Ask God to do good to you, his servant, today (v. 65).

“Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands” (v. 66). This is a great prayer to pray every day! Note that knowledge itself isn’t enough. Good judgment or common sense is equally, if not more important. Your request for knowledge and wisdom is based on one vital Scriptural principle: trust. Do you thoroughly trust God’s commands? 

If you want to become a good leader, a leader after God’s heart, a leader whom God uses to transform lives, this is critical! It does not start with you, with your skills, with your plans, with your ideas. It starts with one very basic premise. GOD IS GOOD! He will pour his goodness into you and allow you to overflow his goodness into others, and this begins with a commitment to Him and His Word.

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word” (v. 67). The NLT renders this, “I used to wander off until you disciplined me.” The Message translates it, “Before I learned to answer you, I wandered all over the place, but now I’m in step with your Word.” Good stuff! In v. 66, the psalmist asked God to teach him knowledge and good judgment. Now we see one of the ways God teaches us this: through afflictions, troubles, pain, and discipline. I know this has been true for me!

“You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees” (v. 68). In the previous verse, the psalmist said he had been afflicted or possibly “disciplined” (NLT). But now he affirms that God is good and that everything he does is good. That includes the afflictions and pains God allows into our lives. Can you honestly say to God, even in the midst of pain and sorrow and heartbreak and God knows what else, even if you don’t understand it, “God, you are good, and what you do is good”?

“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees” (v. 71). This verse explains the preceding verses. Can you honestly say, “God it’s good for me to suffer so that I can learn and grow and become the leader you desire for me to be”? Can you say to your heavenly Father, “Thank you! Thank you for the pain. Thanks for the discipline. Thank you for the hard lessons in life that mold me into a person after your own heart”?

“The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold” (v. 72). Especially as leaders, this truth must become real to us. God’s Word is better than any earthly riches we can imagine. That’s why the psalmist asked God to teach him knowledge and good judgment (v. 66).

Want to be a good leader? Then start by affirming how good God is. Everything he does is good. That’s his nature. God is good, all the time!

NOTE: For those who follow my blog, I’m sorry I have not written much lately. My work as a freelance writer and editor as well as a small group ministry speaker, trainer, and consultant tends to come in waves and I’m in a busy season right now. I’ll try to post smaller items as much as I can.