I hadn't done much video chatting before 2020, but all of a sudden, video chatting became the new normal. Google Meet and Zoom became typical places for gathering. While video chatting is great for connecting with friends and family members who live far away, it can never replace in-person interactions and relationships.
I'm afraid that if I loosen my grip on Maddy, she'll become less close with me and become closer to her other friends. Ultimately, if I don't grasp the reigns of our relationship, I'm scared it will become shallow...and perhaps even nonexistent. I'm not saying that I'm going to let go of my relationship with Maddy. But grasping this relationship so tightly is making me exhausted. So who should I grasp instead?
I knew God was speaking to me when I had that “little fall.” Although my name is Grace, I’m not very gracious—especially to others. Rather, I’m often haughty…and I fell.
Before I start ranting (mentally or audibly), I need to stop my thoughts and determine an appropriate response. Because every time I think a demeaning or debasing thought, I assume a position on the throne as holier-than-thou.
I definitely don’t have a problem with being hopeful for the future. Rather, I have a problem with being patient in the present. But the present is where we are.
As you know, getting drunk and doing drugs at work is unwise because you’ll get in trouble. They’re definite no-no’s, along with other obvious no-no’s, like stealing from your company and vandalizing the office. But there are two subtler no-no’s that are rampant in the workplace today.
It's almost impossible to completely avoid Halloween. Even if you decide not to trick-or-treat, Halloween decorations, candy, and costumes will still exist. Here are a few ideas to turn an often-spooky holiday into a great ministry opportunity.
Efficiency makes us feel better about ourselves. It makes us believe we are better than others. But being productive doesn't make us holy.
I have no idea what you should do this summer to avoid boredom, but I do know that you should use your summer well. There are countless opportunities for you to grow as a Christian this summer, but only you can choose to pursue them.
Center-stagers, like pastors, worship leaders, Bible study teachers, and ministry directors, are often in the spotlight. Behind-the-sceners, like those who work in the sound booth, organize children’s ministries, and order supplies for activities, are often in the background. Both center-stagers and behind-the-sceners can be used by God in amazing ways. But it’s so easy to neglect the behind-the-sceners because they work in the background.
I stared at the group of college students across the cafeteria as they ate dinner together. At the full table, I couldn't help but observe how many eyes were glued to phone screens. The scene was saddening but not unusual in our society. When did eating a meal together stop revolving around rich laughter, deep conversation, and friendly encouragement?
I know it’s hard to be honest in a high-and-mighty Christian society. It feels like the Christians who set unrealistic goals for other Christians never talk about their sins and their hardships. It causes us to wonder if their struggles even exist. Friend, just because people don’t talk about their issues doesn’t mean they don’t have issues. Not only am I guilty of inwardly judging others for their sins, but I’m also guilty of hiding my sins from them.
In Christian circles, Halloween can feel like a controversial subject. Sadly, we don't often talk about it. Some believers seem to want to avoid it and its implications. They simply slap a label on it as either “acceptable” or “unacceptable.”
But there is more to Halloween than gooey candy and cute costumes. There is also more to Halloween than evil witches and creepy goblins.
Even with the people we know…with the people we trust…with the people we are supposed to be unified with…we try to hide. We are silent. We conveniently forget to mention that we are struggling.
Even though losses can be temporary and mean little in the long-run, they are still disappointing to experience. But there is something beautiful about losing that we could never experience if we always won. The beauty of losing is that we know how others feel when they lose. We can empathize, reassure, and strengthen those who have lost because we know exactly how they feel.