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Real Friendship: Trading “Likes” and “Follows” for Love and Authenticity

Real Friendship: Trading “Likes” and “Follows” for Love and Authenticity

Real friendship is hard.

There are other, less real versions of friendship. The less real versions are “less” precisely because they are less costly, less committed, less disruptive, less scary, less gritty, less gutsy, and less out-of-our-control than real friendship. But here’s the rub: Less real versions of friendship are also less rich. In the short run, they feel better and smoother than real friendship. But in the long run, they leave us lonely and alone. And it is not good to be alone.

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5 Things Awesome Parents Do

5 Things Awesome Parents Do

1. Allow small interruptions.

I’ve come to learn that even the smallest of interruptions have while the impact on my little one, and they even give me a moment to refocus. Whether you’re on your computer, working on a project around the house, or even just watching your favorite sports team on television, giving your kids the blessing to interrupt you every once in awhile is a wonderful thing.

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It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

Sometimes it’s hard to express your feelings to the people around you. Not because you’re afraid of what they’ll say, but because our culture doesn’t seem to be very keen on being honest about their pains. The reality is that way too many people are putting on a facade of perfection in order to keep people from knowing how they are truly hurting. It’s as if everyone feels like showing pain is a sign of weakness. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to not be okay sometimes. It’s okay to admit that you’re hurting, broken or even confused about your current spot in life. It’s okay…Remember, even Jesus himself wept.

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Christians Aren’t Hypocrites, They’re Human

Christians Aren’t Hypocrites, They’re Human

I remember growing up in church and always feeling a little intimidated when one of the pastors would walk by my family in the foyer or hallway. There was this reverence and awe that came over me each and every time I saw one of them, and I believe it was because I truly did respect the calling that God had placed on each of their lives. But while my reverence for them was vast, my parents always took the time to remind me that they need Jesus just as much as the next person. They didn’t say this with ill-intent, but instead to give me an honest look at the reality of the Christian life. That we’re going to make mistakes. That we all are in need of Jesus.

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