Love, Life & Community

What Roman Art Taught Me About Value

While touring Italy I found myself challenged and moved by many of the beautiful art pieces we saw, as great art should move its viewer. I’m not an art scholar, but I would like to reflect on how some of these masterpieces moved me. I was really challenged to reconsider how I think about things…… Continue reading What Roman Art Taught Me About Value

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Give Yourself Permission To Relax

We live in a culture that is focused on constantly doing, engaging, and working. We only value those who work hard to contribute to society and often look down on people who choose to relax as “lazy”. I’ve only recently realized how pervasive this attitude is and how deeply I have ingrained and accepted it…… Continue reading Give Yourself Permission To Relax

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Ten Years’ Difference: Hope For Parents of Teens

“I HATE YOU!” I screamed at my parents and stomped out of the room, up the stairs, and into my bedroom, with a satisfactory and pointed slam of the door for good measure. I sat on my bed, stiff and angry, until eventually the anger broke down and I simply burst into tears. “They just…… Continue reading Ten Years’ Difference: Hope For Parents of Teens

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No One is #Winning Or #Losing The Game of Life

They say comparison is the thief of joy. More than that, I think comparison is just silly. So many people, especially young adults, seem to feel guilty that their life is not progressing in the typical fashion. Or more often, they feel inferior to those whose lifestyle happens to match “normal”. Who decided that the…… Continue reading No One is #Winning Or #Losing The Game of Life

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Life Beyond Difficulty: A Lesson in Resiliency & Community

At the beginning of last month a four-alarm fire completely destroyed an inner-city apartment building in which several of the kids from our community group lived. The apartment was razed, leaving them homeless, as well as several other families whose homes experienced serious water damage. While no one was hurt, these families lost everything (they don’t have insurance), and I wondered…… Continue reading Life Beyond Difficulty: A Lesson in Resiliency & Community