• Life,  Stories

    You Do You, (Christian) Boo

    Whether we like it or not – titles usually come with preconceived notions. Lawyer? Argumentative. Homeless? Lazy. Rich? Selfish. Christian? Judgmental. Whether these assumptions are true or not – they do exist. Oftentimes as a Christian we may feel the need to explain ourselves as to not be clumped into the “self-righteous” category. How do you find that happy medium of being successfully in but not of the world? The answer is crystal clear in scripture: “I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take…

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    Dreams: How Big is Too Big?

    Dream: (noun) A cherished aspiration, ambition or ideal An unrealistic or self-deluding fantasy We all have -or have had- an ambitious dream. Maybe yours was extreme, like becoming an astronaut or playing a professional sport. Maybe it was to graduate from a specific college, start a nonprofit organization or open a coffee shop. Whatever the dream, something was on your heart. The thought made you excited! You had planned it out in your head and it was awesome. You were passionate when you talked about it. But somewhere along the line – LIFE. The older you get, the more complicated life gets. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it…

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    Epic Sadness

    I recently discovered the secret to my random sad thoughts, fears and discouragement: something epic is about to happen. The other night was just one of those nights. Nothing was wrong, but I felt emotionally drained. Is there a sort of jet-lag for major life changes?! Some days I am on top of the world, and by evening I am overcome by sudden discouragement and sadness. It comes like the weather in Michigan: sporadic. One day it is 75 and sunny and the next day there is a foot of snow. But I noticed that pattern: the negative usually comes right after a positive… The next morning I got up…

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    The Belayer, the Rope and the Rock Wall

    So I went rock climbing (indoors) for the first time today! I have always wanted to do this. No time like the present, right? I was super nervous but excited. It wasn’t the typical nerves one may assume would come with your first climb. I had no fears of falling, breaking bones, or equipment malfunctioning (although the fact that the person I went with is an awesome, positive, encouraging person who just so happens to be an instructor probably helped to keep any of those traditional fears at bay). My fear was much less logical than all of that: the fear of failure. We started at what was basically the…