When you give hope to others, you find hope for yourself.

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This was written over the course of the past few days. I would just jot down my disjointed thoughts, and then I tried to piece them together in a way that would make sense, without losing the overall feel of what I was trying to say, and I didn’t really expand or elaborate on any of my thoughts, so please keep that in mind as you read. If you would like me to elaborate, leaves comment with what you’d like me to elaborate on, and I will.

The phone rings. I take a deep breath, and pick up the phone and smile as I say “Hello, this is Joel. How can I serve you today?”

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Working is the hardest thing. I find myself at the front desk a lot these days. A place I need to be cheery, a place I need to smile, answer questions, and give hope. Hope I don’t feel. But behind the perfectly plastered smile on my face, my mind swirls with questions. Why? How? Somehow reaching out for understanding that doesn’t seem to come.

Then I read what others say. What the news says. The picture they paint. And I don’t see it. Instead I see someone broken, hurting, and in need of redemption. I don’t feel what society tells me to feel. Instead of anger, hate, rage, disgust, I feel sad, heartbroken, like someone died. And in a way, someone has.

In a way, a lot of people have.

So many people will never be the same. So many lives have had something ripped away from them. Peace, security, trust.

Trust.

And when trust is betrayed, we get angry. But when people are hurt, anger will never heal. Healing will only come when we replace anger with love. Redemption can only come from love. So many people are hurting right now. Spreading anger isn’t going to bring a single one of those people healing. We need to instead let our words be of love and support for everyone. And this love needs to come double from those of us who call ourselves the church. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~ John 13:34-35

Maybe, if we can inject love into the situation, we can see healing come to each of people involved in and surrounding the situation. Maybe we can stop the cycle. Maybe, just maybe, we can actually change people.

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As my mind still swirls, as I find it hard to focus, I find myself asking questions. The worst kind of questions: questions that really have no answer. Questions that can’t be explained. And then the phone starts to ring. Someone comes in needing hope. And so I take all those swirling, twirling, questions and push them down, plaster a smile on my face that I don’t really feel, and answer the phone. And I give hope. Because when you give hope to others, you find hope for yourself.

Deeper

Well, since this is my last blog post before Sunday, I want to fill you all in on a thing I am helping to launch called Deeper.

Have you been going to church for a while, maybe made some steps towards Christ, either getting to know him, or trying to know Him more, but just felt like something was missing? Felt like it was to shallow? Felt like you wanted to go deeper? Continue reading

About The Author – My Calling

Last week I talked about my passion, and today  I want to talk about my calling…

If you read the previous post, then most of this shouldn’t really shock you.

My passion is to mentor youth. To help grow, shape, and mold them in the men that God wants them to be. (Side note, I say men and not women because as a single guy in his mid-low 20’s, it would be extremely inappropriate for me to mentor young women)

I love to travel. (This may seem like a bunny trail, but I promise, it’ll all make sense, just keep reading.) Continue reading

About The Author – My Passion

If you spend any amount of time with me, you will quickly realize I am an extremely emotional person. I hide a lot of it behind a logical exterior, but spend a little bit of time with me and you’ll see the emotion very quickly.

Probably most prominent of the emotions you see is passion. Continue reading