Lust for Life

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There’s this beautiful teaching in Judaism that words create worlds. The creative force inherent in our words, written and spoken, has the potential to bring to life what wasn’t there before.

Personally, I find this teaching most applicable in books. I love reading and sifting through someone’s words put together to teach, inspire, and instruct. I get lost in words.

We take in words everyday, but every once in a while, you come across a set of words that stick with you, that change you, that inspire you. Recently, for me, this was reading the book Lust for Life.

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Olivia Was A Spiritual Guide

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I am thoroughly convinced that paying attention is the greatest spiritual practice in our lives.

It looks different for all of us, but usually it means putting down the phone, looking at the person next to us, and seeing what happens.

This was the case on a recent flight home. Marissa and I sat next to a young woman named Olivia. And Olivia happened to be a spiritual guide.

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Change Is Good For Your Soul

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I recently re-read a little book that has had a profound impact on me and countless others. It’s called Who Moved My Cheese? by Ken Blanchard. The book is a short story about how to face change in our lives.

The book asks questions and challenges the reader to shift their perspective when it comes to change.

-What if we lived our lives not from a place of fear, but from a place of curiosity and wonder? What if new opportunities weren’t stressors in our lives, but invitations to grow and learn?

The truth is, I’m learning that we have the potential to view change in a positive way. And when we do, change takes on a new meaning.

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Because We Loved You

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There’s a small verse in the New Testament, almost hidden inside the book of 1 Thessalonians. Paul writes words of heartfelt gratitude and perspective to a church he founded.

In 1 Thessalonians 2:8 he writes, “Because we loved you, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well. ”

Paul captures the heart of the church, relational ministry, and the depth of relationships in God’s family in one small verse. This verse, to me, has become an anthem of sorts as I consider the rich ministry I’ve been able to share with so many.

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