33 ways you can make a difference in your church

Show grace to others, especially to those who don't deserve it. Grace by definition is undeserved. Hold onto truth, but always with grace. Look children in the eye. Give them undivided attention, even if just for a few moments. Don't simply plan; prepare. Planning expects things to work the way we've drawn things up; preparing…

Nouwen on love

The late spiritual writer & guide Henri Nouwen says that we were created for perfect love. This is why we exist, and every human heart longs for this. So, we go looking for it in all kinds of places. Some seek to find that love in success, wealth, pleasure, recognition. Many of us try to…

Out of my control

Working with kids in the court system, I'll sometimes share with them the concept someone came up with that there are 3 ways that most (all?) of life can be categorized: 1) things they can control, 2) things they can't control, and 3) things they can influence. Turns out, that doesn't just apply to teenagers…