Encouragement is Timely

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I’ve often found that encouragement comes when you least expect it…and when you most need it. This has certainly been true for me lately. But how exactly does encouragement come our way?

Some will bemoan the whole “Everything happens for a reason” bit. Others might be more prone to say life is just a cycle of serendipitous encounters or random and wonderful coincidences.

I’m not sure where I fall on the continuum, but it seems to me that since God is alive and active and in close proximity to us, we should pay attention to those nearly inexplicable encouraging moments. Because perhaps He’s trying to get our attention.

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When Things Go Wrong

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Last week we had one of those nights where everything we’d planned fell apart. Have you been there? First, it was the computer acting up. Then it was the projector. We tried various solutions to fix the problem, but we were at a loss.

Night like this are always frustrating. We try our best, but then end up surrendering to the reality that we can’t fix the issue. It made me think about life and what we do when things go wrong.

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The Rhythm of Summer

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Summer is my favorite season by far.

It’s barbecues and pool parties; beach trips and sunburns; blockbusters and late nights; bike rides and iced coffees. The sights and sounds of summer are well upon us now. And don’t they give us all the ‘feels?’

Over the years, I’ve often mourned the brevity of summer. It seems to fly by at light-speed and then take ions to return. This year, I’m trying to savor the summer.

There is a certain rhythm to this time of the year and I’m trying live in its beat. Summer is beautiful for many reasons. Maybe one of them is the brevity of it all.

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I Believe In Young People

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I’ve had the joy of working with students for about twelve years now. My time has been spent in different contexts, with students from all walks of life ranging from junior high and high school students, to college and young adult. I’ve had the chance to speak to students at camps and conferences, and work with students living in other parts of the world.

And I’ve come to the same conclusion in each context: I believe in young people.

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