Weighted Down

When we picture a runner, we see a minimalist approach; they carry nothing, wear the minimum clothing needed for decency. This strategy keeps them from wasting energy on the unnecessary. Hebrews 12:1 talks about two things “every weight that slows us down” and “the sin that…trips us up.” We are hindered by our burdens and we stumble because of our sin. Read More

Speechless

If he can take your voice then he takes everything – your identity, your purpose, your calling, even your faith, and he leaves you with doubt, fear, anxiety, depression. So how do you know if he’s stolen your voice? Ask yourself if those words describe you. When you know what to look for, it’s pretty easy to tell which believers are walking around mute. Read More

The [Wo]man in the Mirror

As humans we are quick to compare and blame, blame and compare. She’s worse than me. He started it. We don’t have to teach children to do either of those; it’s human nature. So, if we teach children to start with themselves, that it doesn’t matter what anyone else does, you are responsible for you and only you, then I think we can start to see impactful change in our world. Of course, we can’t teach what we don’t know. Read More

Label Maker

Identifying and identity are not the same thing. It’s like empathy and pain. When you are empathetic you don’t actually feel someone else’s pain, but you can relate to the pain they’re experiencing. In the same way, if you identify yourself as something that doesn’t mean you are what you relate to simply because you’ve experienced times of feeling a certain way. Read More

Path of Righteousness

The path of righteousness often feels hard but Jesus told us in Matthew 7 that it would be. Yet we are still surprised at the isolation we feel, the hazards we encounter, the darkness that surrounds us, and the struggle with feeling lost. Read More