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You Are What You Consume

You Are What You Consume

As a kid, I remember a ridiculous number of tired platitudes that existed in an attempt to convince people to live well. For example, you are what you eat. An attempt to scare kids into eating healthy so they don’t magically turn into a bowl of ice cream. Obviously, that will never happen, although, as a couch potato, I have eaten a lot of fries. Terrible jokes aside, this saying holds that our health and physical life rely in no…

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The Path Meandering

The Path Meandering

When I need a brief escape from life, I often turn to the great out of doors. I’m not exactly why, but something about being out in nature, away from most of life’s distractions, for a few hours relaxes me and gives me a chance to really reflect on life. Every time I go hiking, I feel like there’s one big takeaway from the expedition. My most recent trip proved no exception. The main attraction for this latest trail lies…

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Digging

Digging

In my high school days, I remember reading a lot. Reading in class, reading for homework, and, worst of all, reading over summer break. So many books and stories. Some, I enjoyed. Others were a pain. In the years since graduating, a good portion of what I read has faded from memory. However, there’s one story from my sophomore year that has always stuck out to me – a short story entitled “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. While I don’t…

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Tuning In

Tuning In

In my high school days, the morning rides to school didn’t feel complete without the local Christian station, 104.7 The Fish. Jokes were cringy and ads were constant, but tradition had to be upheld. One of the less appealing aspects of the station was the music selection. It wasn’t bad, but they play roughly five different songs over and over. It’s been years since I’ve tuned in regularly, but, lately, one of those five songs has been really sitting with…

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Reasons, Regrets, and Rocks

Reasons, Regrets, and Rocks

For every Christian, you’ll find 37 different reasons why they believe in salvation through Jesus. I’m certainly no exception, as I’ve found several reasons of my own in my faith journey. Some of those deal with apologetics, the proof of Christianity through logic. On the other hand, several reasons are much harder to define or describe, falling more into the realm of something I just feel. One of the greatest ways I feel my faith justified falls into that latter…

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Reset

Reset

What do you do when growth and progress come to a halt and the feelings of complacency and stagnation reign supreme? That’s a question I’ve been asking for the past few months. For a fairly long season, I felt the growth in my life. Challenging though it was, I knew I was becoming a better person. But I slowly grew into a state of complacency and without realizing it, my growth had stagnated. I can’t quite put my finger on…

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Petty Perfectionism

Petty Perfectionism

Most folks who know me know I’ve spent a lot of time gaming and watching YouTube, but I’ve acquired numerous other hobbies that I don’t talk about as much. For instance, I play the bass. While I’m a far cry from a virtuoso, I do enjoy messing around on the lower-register instrument. Recently, I’ve started to learn songs by ear. No tabs, no sheet music, no tutorials, just me listening to a song and trying to work out the notes…

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Man’s Best Friend

Man’s Best Friend

Dogs – the best friend of man. Growing up, I’ve seen how true this idea is as my family has had a dog for most of my life. Fiercely loyal and intelligent, the dogs we had when I was a boy had many of the hallmarks of a great pet. Then enters my sister’s dog. Over the past little bit, I’ve been recruited to pet-sit my sister’s tiny Morkie (a Maltese-Yorkie mix) every now and again. While she shares the…

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Second Chances

Second Chances

Around this time of year, we all start to count our blessings and make a more concerted effort to express our thankfulness. Even in the past couple of days, I’ve started to really ponder how much I’m blessed with. While I know I’ve got a lot of physical, material things to be thankful for, the main thing that’s hit me so far is not something tangible. But it is the greatest thing anyone could ever have. Something that we all…

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The Third Command

The Third Command

Growing up in the church world, you hear about the Ten Commandments a lot. These direct commands from God adorn rooms of classrooms and courts everywhere and it’s not uncommon to memorize them for church or Bible class. Many of these commandments are pretty simple – don’t kill, steal, or covet, have nothing above God, and don’t commit adultery. But there’s one I feel that’s slightly misunderstood, like there’s something more below the surface. When you hear someone talk about…

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