When the Road is Hard to Travel

I’m one of those people who has my life super together all the time. Even when I’m doing a million things at once, I still have all my homework, dress up for school, keep up with everything I’m supposed to know. At various different points in my life, I’ve had my whole future completely planned…

Journeys

Hey, friends. As this year comes to a close, I’ve been thinking a lot about journeys, and looking back, I’ve started to realize how heartbreaking the destination mindset really is. I used to be all about the destination: winning, making perfect grades, being in the perfect place spiritually. I had reached the destination of who…

Come Taste the Grace

In the past year, I have grown into a person I never imagined, and I have found more joy than I ever thought possible. I’ve abandoned traditionalism, embraced freedom, discovered how to be brave, and opened my mind. I am anti-CHILL. I am standing on the side of love. I am making room at my…

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…