Dear High School Christian
I’m so proud of you. You lift your hands and sing loud on Sundays. Your sweet study Bible is wrinkled and colorfully highlighted. You have a genuine relationship with God so impactful that you walk into church and think, “I don’t know if anyone here loves God as much as I do.”
You feel like you’re invincible. I remember feeling like that, too.
What you haven’t realized yet is that you are just as susceptible to falling as the next person. Unfortunately, you’re no superman. Continue reading “Dear High School Christian”
I’m semi-addicted to my new phone game. It’s like Risk combined with chess, mixing strategy with luck. Rarely do I play phone games, I don’t get why those birds are so angry, but this one pulls me in daily.
While I was sitting on my couch last week, absorbed in nail-biting strategic gameplay, my two year old, Alaina, ran up and gave my knees a hug. I sneezed her, whispered, “I love you, kiddo,” then quickly stepped back into phone world. She pulled my hand and said, “Come!” so I smiled, stood up, and let her lead me by my right hand. My left hand was still strategizing.
She pulled me to the kitchen, where she loves to dance while watching her reflection in the black oven door. We wandered through the garage, her favorite room because it contains all kinds of adventure inducing relics she rarely sees inside. Finally, after walking all over our little apartment, Allie lead me back to the living room couch where I immediately plopped down and won another game.
My little girl then climbed into my lap, stared me in the face, and pushed my phone-wielding hand away.
Continue reading “When My 2-Year Old Saved Me from Distraction”
How do you live quietly in a world full of noise?
The people I respect the most use social media the least. Unless it’s a part of their job, my friends who making the largest impacts on the world around them, rarely tweet, insta, or update their status. I, #tbh, can find myself clinging to social media like it’s my only time with other people. Confession: At times my Chrome browser has seven tabs open and four of them are Facebook. I get lost in the noise!
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Idols of my Ego: Our fatal flaw is seeking status by John Miller
A college professor of mine once tweeted that the problem with university faculty was often professors thought so highly of themselves—their students should simply bask in their intelligence. Soak up their genius. And pray they might grasp a morsel of their teacher’s knowledge.
These men and women make “A”s near impossible marks in their course and may even take pride in their class difficulty or fail rate.
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How do we grow spiritually?
Ask any pastor and they’ll give you a shortlist that always includes:
– Praying, and
– Bible reading.
If the formula is so simple, why don’t we actually do it?
Continue reading “How I’m Reading the Bible this Year”
Every Christmas my family gets me Barnes and Noble or Half Price Books gift cards. I find lists of book recommendations and “Best of” rankings and search them out. I scour university websites for their course catalogs. Oftentimes I can find the texts that students will be required to read for interesting courses and I’ll buy those books.
I’ve amassed quite a collection of literature, fiction and non.
But upon recent count, I found out something strange:
I’ve only read 1/3 of the books I own.
Continue reading “I’ve only read 33% of my books and I don’t feel guilty”
Our things can become our kings. They command our attention.
My garage is full of weights, appliances, decorations, and knicks and knacks I forgot I purchased from years of garage sale-ing. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on items that have barely made it out of the box. All they do now is take up space in my life and keep me from being able to park my car inside. You may understand this frustration, too.
This clutter which lies waiting for me is an added stressor in my life.
Continue reading “50 Bag Challenge: Living Simply in 2017”
Today marks my two year anniversary of being a Dad.
When Heather was pregnant with Allie, my head knew we were going to have a baby. But like many monumental events, that fact didn’t compute. Even as we drove to the hospital at 40 weeks and 3 days, “me = dad” still hadn’t landed.
It first began to settle once we put baby Allie in her carseat and started driving home.
We came to the hospital and there were two of us.
Now we’re leaving and there are three of us. There’s someone in the backseat.
Continue reading “Happy Birthday, Alaina! Reflections on 2 years of Fatherhood”
How to be Blameless before God: 1 Thessalonians Bible Study (Chapter 3) by John Miller
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 (ESV)
“(12) …[M]ay the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, (13) so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
One thing my high school friends hated about me my test-taking skills.
I wasn’t smarter than my classmates, but I had a knack for exams. I figured out what the test writer was looking for by their word choice and could estimate approximate answers that were usually correct.
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If you’ve never disappointed someone, you’re a unicorn. One of the most rare breeds of creatures known to man. The scarcity of your kind is second to none and is knocking at the door of extinction as we speak.
Scratch that: unicorns don’t exist, so they’re a huge disappointment to everyone.
Continue reading “How to Deal with Disappointing Others”