Think about these phrases you’ve heard at some point in your life:
You can do anything you want.
Believe in yourself.
Don’t let them see you sweat (i.e., don’t be weak).
Don’t rely on anyone but yourself.
So what’s the problem with these ideas? Well, a lot, really. First off: [click to continue…]
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get overwhelmed living in this world. I watch the news and hear about the ISIS group terrorizing Iraq, or the spread of the Ebola virus.
David Brainerd, a great man of faith who lived in the 1700′s, wrote in his diary, “Towards the night, was very weary and tired of this world of sorrow… and find it very difficult to maintain any sense of divine things.”
Can you relate? I know I can. [click to continue…]
There is one thing in life that is always constant. It shows up when we least expect it and often takes us by surprise. The memory of it hits us in the middle of the night or when we are doing some mundane routine such as brushing our teeth or driving to the store.
It seeks to knock the wind out of sails and cause us to give up all together. It attempts to assail us at every turn and tempt us to take an easier path, or worse, to leave the path all together.
What is it? [click to continue…]
Last week, I attended a TEDx event in Detroit. For those of you who may not be familiar with TED, it stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The premise of TED is to present ideas through the art of communication. As a communicator myself, I enjoyed going to my first TED event and left feeling very inspired.
Although not all presentations were good (in fact, some were awful), for the most part the speakers presented their ideas in a very inspiring way.
This got me thinking about the importance of inspiration. [click to continue…]
When I worked at World Relief Chicago, a non-for-profit organization for refugee resettlement, I had to learn all about R&P.
R&P stands for Reception and Placement, a government program which funds refugee resettlement offices.
How it works is that R&P funds get allocated to the resettlement offices; those funds then are distributed to the different cases – the refugee families who are resettled – and used for affordable housing, food, clothing, and other basic necessities. [click to continue…]