The question the kids were really asking

The question the kids were really asking

One by one, the kids trickled into the small room, shoes off, yellow sheets in hand. It was Health Screening Day at the school, and a crowd of volunteers gathered and recorded heights and weights, and administered vision tests. I stood off to the side, writing the numbers on the yellow sheets, then entering them […]

You Matter

You Matter

  Do you remember the way it felt when that super-popular girl said you weren’t invited? The way your heart literally hurt when Kurt McClaine said he wanted to stay single for the rest of eighth grade.  That sophomore girl on the bus with the great hair who laughed at the new shoes you loved […]

Wrestling with Smallness

Wrestling with Smallness

In the past week I have come across several articles that say something to the effect of: You don’t have to do big, impressive things in order to be valuable to God’s kingdom. It is a sentiment I heartily agree with, and yet … I struggle with jealousy when a friend writes a post that […]

Jesus, Not Genealogy

Jesus, Not Genealogy

I’ve become a bit fascinated with genealogy lately. Well, ok, just my own genealogy. In a matter of a few weeks last month, I was able to create family trees that trace my mother and father’s ancestors back hundreds of years. I was enthralled with finding the names and places of my ancestry. On my […]

Identity: Who are you?

Identity: Who are you?

I think we’ve forgotten who we are. Or maybe I should say: We’ve forgotten who we were made to be. Identity is a hot-button topic in today’s culture. The voices of multitudes are crying out, shouting to anyone who will listen. They want validation. They scream for it on social media sites, through angry words […]

What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

You may not realize it when you first meet someone, but who they are–I mean, who they really are–isn’t usually on the surface. I’m not saying that what you see is a facade or that everyone is fake, but we are more than who we appear to be. I can’t help but think of the […]