Hey, High Schooler

Just please remember this one thing for me. Your version of anything does not have to look like anyone else’s version. You do you. Okay? Hey, sweet freshman. Take a big, deep breath. I cannot even tell you how many smiling faces would love to meet you and how many incredible teachers are going to…

The Village

I have such a love-hate relationship with spring football. Forcing myself to sit around in ninety degree heat, waiting in a pool of sunscreen grease for someone to need something is not exactly what I would call “fun.” Most days, a whole lot of sass surfaces because I just can’t deal with picking up another…

Church People

Recently, people have read some of my writings and interpreted them as being extremely negative toward “church people.” I don’t necessarily agree with a lot of church practices, but you guys, I love church people so much I don’t even know how to explain the ways they’ve radically changed and influenced the person I am…

By Any Other Name

A couple months ago, I sat in a youth service about a summer mission trip. The guest speaker talked about missions, and he went on to say, “If you’re a Christian, your sole purpose in life is to win souls for the sake of Jesus Christ.” He then told us that there was no greater…

When in Rome

I remember sitting at a station in VBS, listening to an adult dressed as Paul speak about the expression, “When in Rome, do as the Romans.” He told us the saying was bad advice for Christians, as he encouraged us to cling firmly to our beliefs regardless of our environment and the people around us….

Sleeping on the Floor and Changing the World

For Lent, I decided to give up sleeping on my bed, so I have been sleeping on my floor. In the middle of my never ending mess of a room, I cleared a space to lay down blankets on which to sleep. People don’t seem to get it, though. My mom yelled. My dad was…

Things that Really are Okay

1. Wanting a career that others find to be a waste of your personal abilities. You do you. If you could be the best neurosurgeon in the country but you would hate every minute of it, don’t do it. 2. Being an alto in a world that glorifies soprano voices. The world needs melody, but…

Even Though We Aren’t Martin Luther

Recently, I have found that one of the most troublesome aspects of Christianity is a lack of faith in ourselves. I can’t seem to understand why our own experiences with God aren’t just as important as anyone else’s. Christians seem to forget that we are ALL human and we are ALL of equal worth. My…

Anti-CHILL

I am anti-CHILL. In my school, that statement is just as bad as claiming to be the Antichrist. Just to clarify, I’m not against the acronym itself. I am one hundred percent in favor of the phrase “Christ has infinitely lasting love,” but I am not in support of the organization. My heart was completely…

I’d Rather Risk It

For those of you who might be unaware, I’m a student athletic trainer at my high school, and I absolutely love to write about our football players. They’re so kind-hearted & funny, and I learn from them every day. I haven’t had a chance to share anything from them yet this season, but this past…

Putting Up With Sweet Friends

A couple weeks ago, my mom and I woke up early to go buy clothes from one of my dearest friends. It had been a while since I had seen her, but she was as sassy, joyful, and lovely as ever. And instead of letting me buy some of the clothes she was selling, she…

I Love to Tell the Story

A few weeks ago, I went on a trip with a local youth choir to perform a musical, “Saints and Sinners,” in prisons and churches. I am an awful singer, but I’m a decent actress. Additionally, I happen to be quite good at making sure props get loaded onto the bus and put in the proper…