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How to deal with the naysayers

How to deal with the naysayers

Wherever you go, there will be naysayers. Everyone encounters them. So, figuring out what to do with them is better time spent than trying to avoid them. They’ll come in surprising forms anyway. They might be your parents, a friend, a teacher, a boss, or somebody you look up to.

When you feel deep in your bones that you know what you’re made to do, find someone you trust, who genuinely likes you, and has your best interest in mind and run it by them. You’ll likely get a response like “of course that’s what you should be doing, I’m not the least bit surprised.” Not sure who these people are? They’re the ones who were honest when you asked them about that one person you were dating, they’re there through all the highs and lows, you know you can tell them anything without being judged all the while they’ll be honest with you.

And then as you start sharing it with others, you’re going to encounter people who might not be excited for you.

the foolishness of miracles

the foolishness of miracles

Have you ever laughed at one of God's requests?! I know I have! I mean, sometimes they can seem so ridiculous, and borderline crazy. Not like bad crazy, but like the kind of crazy that means we run the risk of looking foolish to everyone else... I love when Jesus asked to borrow Simon's boat as a pulpit (Luke 5:1-11).  Simon and his friends had just come in from their shift of fishing and were cleaning everything up to put it away for the day. Then Jesus comes along, climbs into Simon's boat, and then asks him to...

between our dreams and God's timing

between our dreams and God's timing

I couldn't help but laugh at the irony of listening to our 6.5-month-old cry while reading the story of Elizabeth and Zachariah in Luke 1.  Here our son was, crying for breakfast because to him it felt he was waiting for an eternity and breakfast might never come!  But I knew that I would feed him in exactly 13 more minutes. See, I was almost finished with my quiet time with God this morning (which is sporadic at best these days as we are still transitioning out of night time wake ups and my sleep is as sacred as time with the Lord, God said so...literally...if you've ever encountered me on little sleep, you'd know why...I'm the 8-9 hours of sleep a night kind of person...) but to Aaron it felt like an eternity before I would be done...

when we let God 'pick our nose'

when we let God 'pick our nose'

The thing with newborn noses is that you can't just stick your adult-sized finger up it and get their booger out for them, nor can you just ask them to blow their nose and get it out. No, you have to use one of these newborn sized nose suckers to get the things out. If you've ever spent time around newborns (or people in general for that matter), having something new introduced to them in order to make their lives better is not as easy as you would think...

do we cooperate or compete & fight?

do we cooperate or compete & fight?

I have never changed my mind or position on something because I was yelled at, sworn at, made fun of, belittled, degraded, made to feel insignificant, or made to feel like me -- who I am -- didn't matter.  If anything, whenever I have been made to feel those ways, it has only made me dig my feet in harder, listen less, surround myself with my own echo chamber, and want to justify my beliefs that much more...