There was a day last summer when I couldn’t think of anything to write about. It seemed that my brain had checked out and left me with absolutely nothing. Well, it’s happened again.

So, to help you remember (and to give you something to read), I’m running this oldie, but goodie, again.

Because, well, I got nothing.


Do you remember that old Seinfeld episode where Jerry and George were conspiring to pitch a show to NBC? They talked about different topics for the show, but finally decided it should be a show about nothing. No real point, just random happenings in the lives of the people who would hang out and, well…do nothing.


I’ve been sitting here for about 45 minutes, hands poised at the keyboard, with no action at all emitting from them. The first real, solid thought I’ve had involved fictitious television characters writing a show about nothing, and I realized that “nothing” is my topic, too.


I have nothing to say, and I’m alright with that.


Sometimes you need to have nothing to say. Sometimes your brain drops you a note that it’s taking a day’s hiatus, and it will catch you on the flip side, and you need to hand it a good book and wish it well. I’m happy for it that it gets to take a vacation today. I don’t. I have a LOT to do, but I’m glad it’s taking a day off because it will be that much the better for it, come tomorrow. We both will.


No, there’s not a thing in the world wrong with a little silence. A little nothing. I’m thankful for a break from the noise of life every now and then. Really, you might check in with your brain, too. Chances are, it has quite the bank of vacation days and you should really encourage it to go.


Go, and do nothing.



Are you tired? Worn out? …Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28 MSG