What Your Influence Is For: Sanity Not Required

I know a crazy guy. He's so crazy, he's running 24 miles, rim to rim, through the Grand Canyon on September 15. He's so crazy, he's trying to raise $50,000 to save 50 girls from a life of prostitution in Ethiopia. He's so crazy, he imagines himself his own version of Liam Neeson from Taken, kicking down … Continue reading What Your Influence Is For: Sanity Not Required

5 Steps to Moving Off the Island of Self-Pity

One of my favorite things to do is feel sorry for myself. It's so gratifying. So deliciously satisfying. If someone lets me down, hurts me or disappoints me, or if I'm just in some kind of physical pain, I assume no one can understand what it's like. That no one cares. And it feels so … Continue reading 5 Steps to Moving Off the Island of Self-Pity

These stories pump water

I love brand new ideas, really good ones I wish I thought of. Don't you? Well, here's one for you. Have you heard of CausePub yet? If you haven't, you're about to. I just wrote a story for CausePub, an organization creating books for a cause through group-publishing. [Click here to read the story and … Continue reading These stories pump water

Unafraid

Yes. To all of the above. One of my big goals this year is fearlessness. I was afraid to commit to it. (LOL.) But seriously, I really was. Being unafraid means potential loss, pain and other things we religiously aim to avoid. So why put ourselves out there? Whenever I choose to risk, it's because … Continue reading Unafraid

When it’s all up to you: the value of legacy

{If you found me through my article on Catalyst, welcome. And if you're a regular or a visitor, please let me share my news: I had the privilege to be featured on Catalyst this week, talking about the church planting life and the value of raising up the legacy of the next generation of leaders. … Continue reading When it’s all up to you: the value of legacy

I am the opposite of me

I am a paradox. And so are you. We are clean and shiny in some areas of ourselves, yet disheveled disasters in others. The real estate of our souls and our yards is impeccable from one angle, and painfully unkempt from another. How is it that we can live with coexisting brilliance and ignorance, with generous … Continue reading I am the opposite of me

Anger management: how it’s going out here

Two weeks ago, I took a crazy challenge. But it was about time. Inspired by the brave mom at The Orange Rhino, I committed not to yell at my son for 365 days. With certain caveats, like safety and distance, of course. That was 14 days ago. So now it's confession time, right? How have I actually … Continue reading Anger management: how it’s going out here

No one notices the pillars

No one notices the pillars. Take a look at the White House. The facade, the grandeur, the elegance, the sweeping landscape. The protesters in front. You can feel the history. But you probably walk right past the pillars. They cast a lovely shadow, create an ambience to be experienced, but so often we look right through them while they stand at … Continue reading No one notices the pillars

A reason to purge

My dresser drawers barely close. I fold, stuff and shove, but they don't stay shut. Fabric peers out from the top. Too much stuff. I fancy myself a Purger, a lady who lives light, who doesn't value things too much. But how can that be true when my drawers are half open, contents spilling out? … Continue reading A reason to purge

I am Jesus’ awkward friend

In college, it was getting easy. I finally figured out how to make friends, not talk too much or make people feel uncomfortable around me. And aside from the tumultuous relationships and the general self-loathing, my relationship with God felt relatively sturdy too. In the mornings, I propped up my pillow behind my head, then … Continue reading I am Jesus’ awkward friend