Lust for Life

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There’s this beautiful teaching in Judaism that words create worlds. The creative force inherent in our words, written and spoken, has the potential to bring to life what wasn’t there before.

Personally, I find this teaching most applicable in books. I love reading and sifting through someone’s words put together to teach, inspire, and instruct. I get lost in words.

We take in words everyday, but every once in a while, you come across a set of words that stick with you, that change you, that inspire you. Recently, for me, this was reading the book Lust for Life.

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Olivia Was A Spiritual Guide

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I am thoroughly convinced that paying attention is the greatest spiritual practice in our lives.

It looks different for all of us, but usually it means putting down the phone, looking at the person next to us, and seeing what happens.

This was the case on a recent flight home. Marissa and I sat next to a young woman named Olivia. And Olivia happened to be a spiritual guide.

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Learning To Love: Thoughts On Faith Formation In Young People

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One of the questions that seems most prevalent in youth ministry circles–outside of “how many students are in your youth group”–is how do you know if a teenager is growing in their faith?

It seems most of us long for some definable or measurable way to record faith formation. And I wonder if this quest, though often rightly motivated and sincere, is missing an invaluable piece of the puzzle.

Because maybe measuring faith isn’t something that is so easy to detect…at least not in the way we want to measure it.

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Facing Worry And Anxiety

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The year of 2018 has started off with some incredibly positive and life-affirming moments. But, in the spirit of full disclosure, there’s also been a struggle that has resurfaced for me. Lately, I’ve found myself struggling with the nagging issue of worry.

Amidst many good and joyous things, there’s been this prolonged and consistent battle. So, I’ve been learning, yet again, what it means to confront worry and anxiety in my life.

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