Teenagers are afraid of the future, of the question “what are you going to do with your life?” While we are afraid of what we will do, we are most afraid of what we won’t: we are afraid to waste our lives. In a culture that has told us we have no purpose except the one we assign to ourselves, (follow your dreams, do what you love, be successful!) some of us ask the question
“Is that enough?”
Imagine you have a hammer, you love your hammer, it’s beautiful and new, and it can do so much. Building and creating; benefiting you, you bring it with your everywhere. You take your hammer to work, constantly admiring it, and enjoying everything it can do. But then things take a turn when you leave work, instead of focusing on driving, you are admiring the glossy coating on your hammer; instead of greeting your family you stare intently at your hammer; you pay close attention to it, but not to your loved ones; instead of being content with the little jobs and tasks at home you can’t wait until you can get back to your hammer. Time that could be spent investing in what you enjoy is taken over by intent, one-on-one time with your hammer.
And you are looking at me, puzzled and very confused, how this has anything to do with you? Continue reading
Have you ever looked closely at a recently exposed stump? Perhaps you saw the intricate rings pulling themselves closer and closer to the center, go on before our eyes into eternity. The smell of wood shavings, the coarseness of the bark all add to the picture in our minds. Rings upon rings building what was a towering accomplishment, a natural fete. Something beautiful. Continue reading
What can I do? I could pose a vivid hint on the strictness of the diet, or I could also imply my school has been keeping me busy, or it would be even better to just avoid it all together. No, I will own up here, I haven’t done the prayer challenge. But…I have been praying more and more. And smiling more. Continue reading