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On Triggers

Triggers are not to be avoided. Triggers are instead designed to highlight those places in our hearts where we still are in need of growth, and where we still need God to walk with us towards healing. Don鈥檛 avoid triggers. Study them. Learn from them. Walk, grow, and heal through them. ~ Adapted from Debra Fileta

October 5, 2023 路 1 min 路 56 words 路 Josh
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Sharpen Your Ax: On Mental Health

There鈥檚 an quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln that goes something like: If I had five hours to cut down a tree, I would spend the first four hours sharpening the ax. While it鈥檚 doubtful he actually said this, I find the implications of the quote to be useful, especially when it comes to thinking about self-development and self-care. There are countless tasks, challenges, and obstacles we navigate in our lives that involve just learning enough to get by....

October 4, 2023 路 5 min 路 980 words 路 Josh
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Fight for Rest

Download Audio Blog It鈥檚 often pointed out that, in contrast to a majority of other religions and faith systems, the emphasis of the New Testament is what God has done for Humanity, instead of what Humanity needs to do for God. With rare exception, the idea of 鈥渟triving鈥 is basically not present in the exhortations of the Christian scriptures. Instead, the emphasis is on receiving the gift God has given, which no effort on our part could have accomplished....

August 16, 2023 路 5 min 路 1016 words 路 Josh
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Thoughts on Abundance

I鈥檝e been thinking about scarcity and abundance this week, and wanted to share some of those thoughts! To start, I鈥檝e been slowly listening through Bible Project鈥檚 15 hour course about Genesis 1. One thing I noticed come up a few times is the idea that, in the creation narrative on page 1 of the Bible, Elohim forms creation with a goal of setting up a place for humanity to thrive....

August 3, 2023 路 3 min 路 441 words 路 Josh
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I Was Wrong: 4 Days to Save 6 Million Lives

I just wanted to quickly highlight a really cool thing that happened in the world this week. Whether you know it or not, there鈥檚 a pretty decent chance you have come across something created by brothers John and Hank Green at some point. They are insanely prolific siblings, both having written several books, running several companies, building educational content that is being used around the world, and helping build medical infrastructure in impoverished countries like Sierra Leone鈥 among many other things....

July 15, 2023 路 4 min 路 Josh
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I Want to Read Your Blog

I love personal websites and blogs. The idea of having a little chunk of the internet that is wholly yours, where you can post, and create, and make completely on your own terms is really cool to me. I鈥檝e loved creating content that way the last few years. And I鈥檓 also finding that I really like consuming content from people who create that way. A blog on a personal website tends to feel so much more deep and well-thought-through than a Tweet, or Mastodon/microblog, or any other social media content....

May 20, 2023 路 2 min 路 Josh
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Erring on the Side of Over-Communication

When it comes to communication, there鈥檚 two extremes we can take: We can hope that those we鈥檙e interacting with just magically are in tune with us; we can communicate as little as possible, hoping that they鈥檒l fill in the blanks with what we meant鈥 or鈥 We can put in the effort to be crystal clear about what we mean to say. To say things that we might think are obvious, but may indeed not be....

May 15, 2023 路 1 min 路 Josh
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[Share] He Gets Us: Enemies

A friend showed me this video yesterday. I really, really appreciated it. Seems like a reminder that鈥檚 needed in a lot of places around the world in this season.

May 9, 2023 路 1 min 路 Josh
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On "Impossible"

Something appearing impossible isn鈥檛, on its own, a legitimate reason not to try.

May 7, 2023 路 1 min 路 Josh
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Choosing the Path of Learning

When a new project, decision, or chapter-of-life comes our way, there also quite often seems to come a simple but nearly-invisible choice for us to make: We can chose the easy path, where we proceed 鈥渢he way we鈥檝e always done it鈥, going forward well-founded on the ideas and knowledge that we鈥檝e already acquired and tested over the years鈥 Or, we can chose the more scary path that forces us to learn new things 鈥 the path that requires we get stretched in our knowledge, skills, and understanding 鈥 the path where not growing and adapting, or not learning that new tool or process, would mean that we simply don鈥檛 succeed....

April 13, 2023 路 1 min 路 Josh