Assuming the Obvious

Over the years, I have developed multiple life maxims. The following is one of the most useful ones I’ve come up with and one that I repeatedly find myself needing to be reminded of: “What is obvious to me isn’t necessarily obvious to others and… what is obvious to others isn’t necessarily obvious to me.”…

The Bible Project

Ever heard of The Bible Project…?

The Problem With “Normal”

We all, to some extent, in some areas of our lives, want to fit in. To be like everyone else. To fit the mold. By nature, we generally tend to have a negative association with anything that is “different”. What is new and different, is not understood and we all want to be understood and…

Crockpots and Converters

Have you ever crashed a brand new car? Or permanently stained a new outfit the first time you wore it? How about losing a puzzle piece the first time you tried putting it together? Perhaps you’ve botched up a freshly painted wall or broken a toy or gadget the first day you got it. If…

The Joy of Giving

Have you ever found the perfect gift for someone? And by perfect, I mean, absolutely perfect. The kind of perfect where there is no doubt in your mind the receiver will L-O-V-E the gift. From Unsplash. Photo by rawpixel.com Back in high school, I remember coming up with the perfect gift idea for a friend. He…

Rainbows and Reassurance

A Personal Reminder and a Lesson in Trust At the beginning of August, I found myself in Northeastern Italy. I had just come from a conference and took the opportunity of being in the north to visit a few friends. Just before my trip, I had a meeting with some local friends here in Sicily…

Out of the Ashes

“Out of the ashes, I rise better” In 1669, Mt. Etna, the large stratovolcano located on the east coast of Sicily, and europe’s most active volcano, had it’s largest, most destructive eruption in recorded history. The eruption destroyed at least 10 villages on the southern slopes of the mountain and the lava flow eventually reached…

S.U.P.

Every year, around the time of my birthday, I try to make a point to do something on my bucket list.  For example, on my 21st birthday, I went sky diving and for my 25th, I went on a hot air ballon ride. I really don’t like talk without action. I don’t always want to…

Serve the City

There was a college student I once knew who was, for the most part, your typical 20-something. She had a full load of university classes, was working two part-time jobs, trying to balance homework and time with friends and keep up with her share of her chores at the apartment she shared with her roommate.…

Butterflies and Blackberries

I am currently in Bobbio Pellice for our annual all-european summer staff conference. Never heard of Bobbio Pellice? Well… “It’s where Jesus lost his shoes.” This is my first time to this corner of Italy and it is absolutely stunning here. The weather has been great, the time connecting with friends and colleagues refreshing. This…

Hesitation

Recently I hesitated… it’s one thing to hesitate when you are pulling out into traffic or in deciding whether or not to make a big purchase but this was different… It was lunchtime on a holiday and the small town I live in felt like a ghost town. I had gone for a walk and…