What Happens When You Stop Caring About What Other People Think

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One of the most debilitating moves in our lives is to overly care about what other people think. I know this has been a constant crutch for me–caring and making decisions in my life based on the whims and desires of others.

Everything is done through the filter of “How will they perceive me? Will I be liked, accepted, praised?” It’s a cycle that has no good ending.

But what if there was another way to live? A way that didn’t allow the thoughts and opinions of others to control us? What if we could break free and experience the joy of living our true selves?

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Experience Is > Google

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We live in a world of information overload. We’ve all felt it, too.

Google this. Ask Siri about that. Find the answer to any and everything you’re looking for. And we love it, don’t we? I don’t know how I drove anywhere before GPS or watched a movie without the help of IMBD.

But I often wonder if we’ve mistakenly replaced an experience with access to information. And maybe what’s at stake is not our performance or ease of access or convenience, but the condition of our souls.

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This Election And Its Impact On Students

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I feel like I’m late to the game when it comes to saying something–scratch that–ANYTHING about the upcoming election. This has been intentional on my part, not because I’m worried about anyone disagreeing with me, but because I didn’t know how to approach the subject.

Honestly, and I know I’m not alone here, I’m not a fan of either candidate. I know supporters on both sides and I figured I’d write something from the perspective of what I am–a youth pastor. So, here are some thoughts as a youth pastor on what I’ve heard and observed from my students about this upcoming election.

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