When we compare our own spiritual life to other people’s, we’re missing the beauty and importance of both of them. The way other people relate to God should be celebrated, not envied.
I live, work, and write in Grand Rapids, MI.
We are so quick to say “I’m blessed” when thing are working out the way we want them to, but what we often fail to recognize is that we are no less blessed when things are difficult than when they are easy.
One Sunday as I sang along to the song on the screen, I realized I might not entirely mean what I was singing.
Jesus didn’t immediately tell Martha he was about to raise her brother from the dead. Martha had to live in the space of death and heartache for a little while longer, and perhaps we may have to as well.
Do illnesses, failed classes, divorces, cruel bosses, or financial ruin seem like giving us a hope and a future? There are times when God’s promises feel more like lies than truth.
Is signing up for a service project because my friends did still a good action? Is giving to a good cause still good if it’s out of guilt? Is it even possible to be a "good Christian?"
The busyness and complexities of college may make being truly involved in a church difficult or unappealing for some, but there are still simple things a church can do to encourage and affirm students.
When people around us begin to struggle with faith, what's our response? Are we standing on the pier shouting, “Read your Bible" or are we willing to dive in for the difficult, slow work of helping someone sort through their faith?
The truth is, I don’t know what to tell them. I think “finding your identity in Christ” is a starting point, but the particulars of how that looks in everyday life are a very different story—which isn’t a very pretty, wrapped-with-a-bow answer to hand middle and high schoolers.