I sat alone, outside a coffee shop, stack of books and cold brew at my side and contemplated my last year.
It was a typical setting in an atypical year.
I turned 38 near the beginning of the pandemic last year. And despite working from home, going through the same daily routines, well, a lot has happened.
When people have asked me how I’ve been, my response has basically been the sentiments of, “Surviving, not thriving.”
My work has gone backwards. My spiritual life has grown stagnant. My friendships have been hindered by distancing. I had a relationship end. …
3 years ago, I went through a season of life I’d rather never re-live again. Betrayal, loss, heartache, dreams shattered, unknown future. I even had a couple of teeth explode (not kidding).
Is it OK for White People to Post Photos with African Children to Support Black Lives Matter?
My short answer is, no. No, it is not ok.
It misses the mark entirely.
At the same time, I see others slinging stones at those who do and I don’t think that is the appropriate response either.
My hope is for this article to be a resource for you, a place of learning, just as I am learning each day as well.
I served ten years with an international non-profit focused on orphans and children-at-risk in Zimbabwe. My first trip to Zimbabwe…
I haven’t done a lot of hiking or exploring this summer.
It’s one of my favorite things to do and yet, it’s escaped my grasp.
I’ve been on the go. Out and about. At work, not at work. And when in doubt, by myself.
I prefer to explore with others but I’ve been in the two camps of all by myself or with a large group.
But today, the sun was shining after a week of dreariness and I knew I had to get outside.
So I headed over to one of my old favorites, Tryon Creek. I used to…
The butterfly must struggle to escape her cocoon.
The struggle can get so intense that it appears the butterfly is near death.
And yet, if someone comes to rescue her, her death is imminent as she will never be strong enough to fly. She has to do it on her own.
It’s hard to avoid the struggles of life.
But it’s harder to have avoided them and then function as a person of wisdom and strength.
You don’t know what you don’t know.
You learn from the process, from the struggle, from the near failure or failure itself. But then…
There was no reason to stay up that late.
But, with having Friday off of work, there was no need to go to sleep.
I’m a night owl by nature. And when I can take advantage of staying up, I do. Even when I shouldn’t. Even when I’m exhausted. Even when… there is absolutely no reason to stay up at all.
So what did I do?
I stayed up and watched Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette. I never used to watch those shows but quarantine got me into all kind of different shows and now I am having to…
I love living in the Pacific Northwest but… and it’s a big but, there is one huge drawback.
I’ve been on this 5 week gut detox (no sugar, no grains, no fruit), so in theory I should be the beacon of health.
But that fancy diet could not overcome the effects of that huge drawback, the weather.
In a matter of one day, Portland, Oregon went from a shining summer to a dreary, depressed, dark and cold spot.
And my body didn’t like it, never does. Congestion, runny nose, sore throat, the whole deal arrived as the sun left.
“The circumstances don’t ultimately affect who you are, that you’re valuable and where you’re going.” — Tim Keller
Even when our circumstances change…
Our core self remains the same.
It’s easy to get high or to get low when the circumstances swing in or against our favor.
One thing that doesn’t change is the value you hold as a child of the King.
The path you are ultimately headed on externally can be swayed by your circumstances, but the path you are on internally, remains the same regardless.
I’m sitting in the Nashville airport. I was supposed to fly out…