Seeping Sin

Ever cut your knee, slapped a Band-Aid on it and looked down to find blood had seeped through to the little white square? Sin is kind of like that. We do something, we fall, get a cut, cover it up. But, eventually the blood seeps through and we can’t deny the ugly blotch. _________ Sin is…

Peace, Purpose and The Presence

A year ago, I asked a lady in church how to figure out God’s will for my life. Ever done that before? She said, “You know what I always do when I don’t know what to do? I follow peace and excitement.” Although her advice comforted me for a while, my overwhelmingly intense brain blew a…

Transgenders and Face Wash

If you haven’t heard the news, Clean & Clear recently hired Jazz Jennings, a young transgender activist, to be the new spokesperson for their most recent ad campaign, #SeeTheRealMe. This controversial and undoubtedly risky move has the public polarized in both outrage and applause. Furthermore, Jazz’s life is set to air on TLC in a new reality TV…

The in-between

I could write hundreds of blogs about being “in-between” different stages of life. And maybe I will. But for now, here’s in-between blog 1. The focus: the patterns of this world. —- I had coffee tonight with a friend from Europe who told me about this girl he adores back at home, and how they…

Destiny

Last week, a friend of mine came to church. She’d been a few times; I was glad to see her. She sat behind my mom and me. At the end of church, Pastor said, “With our heads bowed and eyes closed, I’m going to ask if anyone wants to give his life to Christ. If your answer is yes, raise your…

Drowning

Lately, I’ve been drowning In a raging sea of thrashing thoughts, which unceasingly crash against the Rock. My propensity for intensity fuels the surge of water; my fears and anxieties accumulate into sky scraping waves, and at the crest…the white foam of my emotions that spill out upon the shore, upon impact. Let me just tell you…it’s hard work drowning. You have to…

Trust Fall

Do you trust me? Ultimately, that’s the question we answer in the five seconds prior to falling back into the arms of someone standing behind us, promising not to let our body slam against the floor. It’s called a trust fall. Have you ever done this? With a friend? With a sibling? With a stranger?…

Let’s go for a walk

Today, a friend of mine called me from Europe. He and another friend are backpacking the continent right; so as you can imagine, they’ve been doing a lot of walking.  I should preface: my friend has a bulging disc, which from time to time causes him biting pain. So, I asked the obvious, “How’s your back feeling?” “It…

Whatsoever Things are True: Thoughts on Anxiety

These past two weeks, I found out more than I ever wanted to know about this ill-fitting cloak labeled anxiety. I wore drooping eyes, wrinkled lines of worry, and a thick, blinding, unbearably heavy garment. Many times, I’ve talked with friends about their fears and troubles. I’ve attempted a couple mini intervention sessions. I’ve given pep talks. I’ve given…

Providential Punctuality

Don’t resent where I’ve placed you. Don’t grow anxious in the waiting. Don’t run from under the shadow of my protection. Trust me, my hand is on you. I know exactly where you are and exactly where you’re going. Trust me, you need to be here. Here, is where you will grow. Here, I’m equipping you…

Pitiful

The feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering or misfortune of others is called pity. A few nights ago I read this story about Christ… and a few nights later here I am after reading it about 1000 more times. What kept drawing me back? Realizing how pitiful I was. The story goes…

I’m Not a Very Good Dancer

I’m not a very good dancer. I love watching other people dance, and I love the idea of being able to dance, but I’m not a very good dancer. I’m not talking about your typical bumping and grinding, let’s see how close we can come to making everyone around us extremely uncomfortable type of dancing….