Latvia: beautiful country, beautiful people.

The dirt roads leading up to Druvienia feel like a portal transporting you to a different world. Trees lining the road color everything with specs of orange. Nothing moves in Druvienia. Walking through it, you could almost imagine that you were the only person there. Then the silence is disrupted by a tractor, and youContinue reading “Latvia: beautiful country, beautiful people.”

Cleaning outhouses and Jesus

This year I flew halfway around the world to go back home. While I was there, I did three weeks of CLT (camp leadership training) at Camp Bob and it was one of the best months of my life. One of the things that CLT’s are responsible for is cleaning the toilets for the wholeContinue reading “Cleaning outhouses and Jesus”

A hug and how it has a greater impact than you think.

Two years ago, I was in Hong Kong. I was fourteen. I really had no idea what I was doing. I only knew that God loves people, and so I love people. I met a beautiful woman while I was there, and she showed me what it meant to surrender. I don’t know much aboutContinue reading “A hug and how it has a greater impact than you think.”

Breaking Tradition: a good thing or a bad one?

Are traditions always valuable things? Sometimes the word tradition conjures up fond memories of candlelight services on Christmas Eve. On other occasions, it reminds us of strict rules or strange practices that are justified because, after all, “they are tradition.” I’d like to share about a tradition in our culture that I’d like to kick.Continue reading “Breaking Tradition: a good thing or a bad one?”

So, what are your New Years resolutions?

“What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” PSALM 8:4 NIV So, what are your New Years resolutions? It’s a question I’m starting to hear more and more as we enter the new year. We each try to set goals and take direction for the next year.Continue reading “So, what are your New Years resolutions?”

You Get It.

I wrote this in February, after reading the account of Jesus (Mark 14 32:52) in the Garden of Gethsemane and haven’t gotten around to posting until now 🙂  Dear God, Tonight I’m reading about you, specifically in the garden of Gethsemane. And I saw something that I haven’t seen before: Jesus was overwhelmed. God, someContinue reading “You Get It.”