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The Outsiders

I know.  My mind automatically goes to "Pony Boy" and "Soda Pop", but those are not the "Outsiders" that I am referring to here.  It's actually the blood-pumping Needtobreathe song I am referring to.  If you haven't heard it, here:    When I figured out what it meant, I finally realized why.  The band's genre is different from other bands.  They know this.  They do not fit into one group and feel as if they are on the outside looking in.  They actually see this as an advantage because they can do their own thing without having to fit the mold of an insider.  Hence the refrain;

And through everything we've learned, we've finally come to terms - We are the Outsiders!"
One of my daughters learned this lesson the hard way.  She wanted to be in the popular group - shocker.  After a couple of years, she learned that the fight to get into the inside group wasn't worth it.  The FOMO that it created in her b…

Brave Love

It was the third time I had heard this message:  Are you going to beBRAVE OR SAFE - because you cannot be both.  Each time, I am moved to want to fearlessly change the world.  While I wanted to apply it to my everyday decisions right away, like riding on a motorcycle or pressing on the gas through the yellow, I realized I probably shouldn't use this motto in parenting my children (yet), so I probably shouldn't use it in my smaller, daily choices either.

So, what are the A-21 Campaign's founder, Christine Caine and International Justice Mission's CEO, Gary Haugen, referring to when they empower everyone within hearing distance with these words about being brave or safe?  It's the big stuff.  It's the stuff that's in our hearts to do, but we're not doing because we're too timid and afraid.  Reading 1 John this week, I discovered the reason why:

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment..." 
1 Joh…

The School of "The Other"

“…God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son…” Rom 8:32 MSG“Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretentions of the “somebodies”? 1 Cor 1:27 MSG
When something is exposed, it is:  made visible by uncovering - left uncovered, unprotected, vulnerable - or, it can reveal the true (and often not pretty) nature of something.

In light of this, after reading 1 Corinthians 1:27 recently, I understood it in a new light.  While I do think that Paul is talking about us being the “nobodies” (to keep us humble), which he started out saying “not influential” or “of noble birth” then went even further with the “nobody” word to really hammer in his point. I am now starting to think that this verse can also mean that when we view someone as a “nobody”, that just may be our cue to start liste…

Are We Building Walls or Bridges?

I have a confession.  I almost applied for a job as a Child Protection Specialist for the State.  I am coming to a point in my life where I am considering full-time employment and this job description was challenging, nearby, paid well, and required (almost) every degree that I have.  But as I read it again, I couldn’t get past the sentence that required me to remove a child from their home.  Despite those circumstances that legitimately call for this, the image of having a child in my hand who desperately wanted to be with his mom, yet I was pulling him away, visually formed a wall of judgment and separation between me and “the other” that I have spent the past several years breaking down.

You see, I have spent the last several years volunteering and working for Safe Families for Children.  While it has been hard and messy, it has changed my life.  I have also spent the last several years going on short-term missions trips (STMTs) and recently had the opportunity to lead a team in Ug…