Growing up is hard

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Working with young people is a poignant reminder that growing up is hard. Our young people don’t get enough credit for what they’re going through. Adolescents is a journey of discovery. It’s the pain of coming to grips with reality. It’s a turbulent, confusing season of life. We don’t think much of it now because we’re out of it.

But can you remember what is was like growing up?

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Thin Spaces

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I heard about the concept of thin spaces a while ago. The story goes like this. Native Americans believed there were certain places where the spiritual world was more available. If you wandered to one of these locations, you were more in-tune with the spirit. They called these ‘thin spaces.’ Somehow, the spiritual world came alive because you were closer and more aware of its presence. I thought that sounded beautiful and not so different from what we experience as Christ-followers.

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Dolphins and Sharks

*This post is from a couple years ago. I thought it was time to add it to the new blog.

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A while back I went surfing with my friend, Paul, and we saw something you never want to see as a surfer: a fin protruding out of the water. It was ominous, like a full moon creeping out from behind the cover of clouds. I had one of those “deer-in-the-headlights” kind of moments where you know you should move, but you just can’t. You start thinking of the movie Jaws and also the ridiculous amount of time you dedicated to watching Shark Week and your stomach turns. Thankfully, it wasn’t a shark, just a dolphin making his way through the warm currents.

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Riding in vans with teenagers

A couple times a year we go on trips with our student ministry. For a few of these trips I find myself driving a van full of teenagers. Over the years, I’ve added up some real miles on these vans. Each trip is always unique, but there are certain similarities that repeat over the years. For example, you can always count on a loud and playful atmosphere in the van. It’s part of the fun, actually. Recently, we embarked on our second annual Fall Retreat. On the way home from the retreat, one my students asked me a question about driving a van full of teenagers. She asked something to the effect of, “Do you like it when everyone is loud and singing all the time or does that get annoying?” I smiled and answered, “No, I don’t mind at all.” The more I thought about it, the clearer the irony became–the loud and rather chaotic van noise is actually a beautiful sound. It’s proof of life lived to the full.

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