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Encourage “You”

Encourage “You”

A few years ago, I helped lead a college mission trip to Guatemala through my church. We partnered with Habitat for Humanity, and spent a week working on building two houses. Over the course of the trip, one of the things I felt God leading me to do was to recognize...
John Wick and the Importance of “Doing You”

John Wick and the Importance of “Doing You”

The latest John Wick film comes out this weekend. I love all the John Wick movies. One thing I love about the films is they don’t try to be something they aren’t. They are action films, period. The John Wick movies know what they are trying to accomplish,...
What Masks Do You Wear?

What Masks Do You Wear?

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up. I even have a costume trunk in my living room. 11 months out of the year, I use it as a coffee table. But in October, I dig through it and try to figure out what I should be for Halloween. Playing a Part I...
Don’t Protest Too Much

Don’t Protest Too Much

I picked up my mail the other day, and I had an envelope that looked like it was an emergency. Right on the front of the envelope, in bold, ALL-CAPS letters, it said: IMPORTANT RENEWAL NOTICE IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUESTED Immediately my mind started racing. Did I...
Swiss Army Man: 3 Steps to Authenticity

Swiss Army Man: 3 Steps to Authenticity

I recently watched the movie Swiss Army Man, and it taught me a lesson about the importance of authenticity and the dangers of living an inauthentic life. As the movie opens, Hank (played by Paul Dano) is stranded on a desert island and is trying to kill himself. The...
Struggling to Be Authentic

Struggling to Be Authentic

Authenticity isn’t easy. I spend a lot of energy trying to project an image I believe people will accept or approve of. On the outside, I try to show what I think people want to see—someone who is confident, smart, laid-back, athletic, etc. On the other hand, I try to...
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