I was going to say that these are 15 good reads for 2015, but then I realized that would be a pretty ambitious time frame. If you can get through all of these in a year, then I don’t know whether to be impressed by your determination or concerned for your social well-being.
There are many words I use every day that I’ve realized I know little about. Grace, infinite, love, and the subject of this post: dignity. Sure, it sounds like a simple and common word—but what does it actually mean? Attach a qualifier to it, and the question becomes even bigger. What is human dignity?
One of my favorite lines in the Hobbit is the slightly ticked-off response Gandalf gives to the dwarves when they discover, with grumbling, that bumbling Bilbo Baggins will be a part of their team. Gandalf says, "I have chosen Mr. Baggins and that ought to be enough for all of you… There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea about himself.”
Jonathan and I adopted our first child in November.
Since that time, one comment we've heard fairly often is, "You guys are amazing! What a great thing you've done!"—or something along those lines.
But here today, in this post, I want to set the story straight.
I looked through the anonymous posting app Yik Yak during SEEK. This is what students were saying.
I’d never felt exhaustion like this before. We’d been walking for almost 11 hours; that was longer than the amount of sleep we’d had in the past two nights combined. We were running out of water and it was the hottest part of the day. Every single muscle in my leg was screaming with pain and I literally didn’t think I could push myself anymore.
The first 5 days of January 2015 something amazing happened. Over 9,000 people gathered in one of the largest hotels in America to SEEK “what moves you.”
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, I described the phenomenon of indecisiveness in our culture and its link to perfectionism. In this third and final post, I’ll share three strategies for overcoming the scourge of indecisiveness.
In Part 1 of this series , I introduced a phenomenon called the “batter’s box blues” – the tendency of young adults to get so caught up in the pressure of making the “right decisions” in life that we end up paralyzed for fear of making the wrong ones. This fear can lead to broken commitments, shattered relationships, and a deep sense of regret.
This is the first of a three-part series on commitment, perfectionism, and faith. Check back tomorrow for the next post.
“Strike three! You’re out!”
The ball whizzed by my head, and my eleven-year-old heart sank as those four words from the umpire entered my eardrums for what felt like the thousandth time. I meandered slowly back to the dugout, hung my head to dodge the disappointment in my coach’s eyes, and reclaimed my still-warm spot on the bench.
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