It’s easy to leave a church. It’s harder to stay. I’ve come up with a list of five questions to ask myself beforehand.
Joy is chosen, and it doesn’t have to stop.
There are a lot of fathers out there, including my own, who don't think they've done well enough. They deserve to be assured otherwise. I'm writing this to say, "You are loved."
I've put my hope for family struggles elsewhere. My damage doesn't need repair. It needs to be molded into something other.
No matter how strong you think you are mentally, emotionally, spiritually, or physically, there is always room to break. For some it comes earlier than others and it's easier to fix. For some it comes too late and it feels almost impossible to recover from. The first time I broke and lost control of those four things was at the end of spring 2015.
At the end of their first network wide conference, one founding Resonate Church pastor was joyfully crying. Another was hardly containing a smile that somehow beamed brighter than all of the set lights combined.
Over half the room (200+ people) was standing in response to the question, "How many of you are willing to commit your future to a Resonate church plant?"
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Ellensburg taught me how to to say goodbye. Cheney taught me how to celebrate. And now our work for the community at UO is teaching me how to move with mountains.
Loyalty imparts value in both the menial and significant actions of daily living. I've understood this for a long time. But I had no idea until last week loyalties also cause a lot of tension. Sometimes they force you to choose between a ridiculous amount of competing allegiances.
I'm challenged to determine where my loyalties lie and if they check out with each other.
I've had issues in the past of overworking, over-scheduling, and overwhelming myself. It's reached points of devastating academic performances, intense physical pain, and a real concern for my mental health.
But today I have structure, rhythm, and community working in my favor.