If the entirety of your life is to give happiness to yourself, then it's a pretty meaningless life. Isn't it? Some people seem to have another view. You, it appears, should be placed at the center of the Universe. Love who you are, embrace who you are. Love yourself. When you love yourself, people can … Continue reading Anchors: an exploration of self-love, toxic people, and Jesus
Days pass, and as they do, we pack them up in boxes and call them "Weeks". A few Weeks pass, and we pack them up in a box and call it a "Month". A few Months pass, which get packed into a "Season", and then four of these whisk by and get labeled as a "Year". But … Continue reading days of life
It's Summer, the only time of year when we pledge to read a million books, then toss them out the car window on our way to the beach. But maybe you actually want to read this Summer! If so, here are some books you should add to your stack. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine … Continue reading Summer Reading
We are nearing the end of a school year and a long season of busyness. This is leaving many of us sleep-deprived, stressed, and even depressed about a variety of things. Here are a few reasons why: You don't have adequate rest. You aren't enjoying moments. You aren't getting enough sleep. (Yes, sleep and rest … Continue reading Stressed Out?
You have probably heard the common phrase “don’t talk about religion or politics with a stranger.” Often, the only defense given if you question this idea is “people get touchy.” But is that really that great of a reason? If people get touchy when talking about these issues, I don't think the solution is to … Continue reading How to Approach Touchy Subjects with Total Strangers
How does one read a book the right way? Are there certain practices and behaviors that are often disrespectful of a book or the author? I would say yes. This is all in a half-joking manner, but there are truly some things that I think we should remember when reading a book. Judge Every Book … Continue reading Book Etiquette: Reading the Right Way
I can feel Summer coming. I love Winter. I really like all the seasons, except Spring, but I don't really believe in Spring. I think that, as soon as I can smell Summer in the air, it's Summer. And, as much as I love Winter... when I smell Summer, my thoughts will be for no … Continue reading Summer
You probably heard someone say that they were tired today. Or maybe you told someone you were tired today. The reason this is so easy to predict is because people are constantly letting everyone know how tired they are. This is what I call Tiredness Culture. And (not to blame teens for everything) young people are even more prone … Continue reading Tiredness Culture: What it is and How You Can Fight It
It was a quiet, calm, slow Summer Sunday evening. I hopped on my bike and rode for maybe ten minutes, going to a place I often went to think and pray and hope. It was a forest trail; a long, winding, rising and falling path that welcomed the thoughtful soul. Birds chattered in the earlier … Continue reading Quite Conversational: 7th Day Adventists
Hello! So, to be clear, as I write this, the day is February 21st, 2017. You should be reading this on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017, or a day or two after. Anyhow: I just thought it would be neat to have this go out to all of you while I'm there so you can pray … Continue reading I’m in Germany! Here’s how you can pray for me.