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To My 20-Year-Old Self: Sometimes It’s Better to be Single

Posted by on May 8, 2012 | 39 comments

If only the going-forward in life were as clear as the looking-back. Being 20 is tough. So much pressure to know what you’re going to do with the rest of your life. So many hopes, dreams, and aspirations. So many mess-ups, failures, and disappointments. So little sleep, time, and money. And unfortunately we don’t have 20/20 vision for living life. Even though 20 is not the easiest age, I hope you’ll be encouraged by this brand new series in which guest writers share wisdom with their 20-year-old selves. And the good news is we all have permission to eavesdrop. Today’s post comes from a dear friend Leanne Shirtliffe who...

What Is Love?

Posted by on May 7, 2012 | 2 comments

We recently hosted a voice-your-opinion event at Cal called “What is love?” Passerbys could write or draw their thoughts about love. We had some neat conversations with several people that were curious about what we were doing. We also heard quite a few people exercise their vocal chords, singing “baby, don’t hurt me, baby, don’t hurt me no more.” More than anything, I hope students who interact with New Lifers will come to know God’s love on a deeper level. Apart from God, I don’t think any of us truly know how to love. Thankfully, God shows us how to love. John tells us about true love in 1...

Watch Blue Like Jazz. Bridge the Gap.

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 | 11 comments

I hadn’t even left the parking lot after seeing Blue Like Jazz before tears started streaming down my face. The emotion took me by surprise because I laughed a lot during the movie and never felt even an inkling of a tear forming. Why does Blue Like Jazz make me cry? It’s not that kind of movie. After talking it out with a friend and spending the last couple days mulling it over, I’ve figured it out. Blue Like Jazz signifies a collision of my two worlds. Two worlds that aren’t known for getting along. I’ve always been a part of church culture, and my life work is on...

Beautiful Fog

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 | 4 comments

One night I started driving home. It was a normal, chilly winter evening. Suddenly, I found myself surrounded by intense fog. The pea-soup kind. I could only see about 10 feet in front of the car. I followed the curves up and down, hoping I wouldn’t hit an animal or drive off the road. Sometimes life feels like this. It goes from easy-to-navigate to difficult, dark, and lonely without even a moment’s notice. When doing well in school changes to failing two classes. When a close friend or family member faces a devastating cancer diagnosis. When relationships end. When illness comes. When a car wreck results in a totaled car...

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