On Burdens and Heaviness

The Issue of Vulnerability Vulnerability is a word that carries a multitude of presuppositions and assumptions. At it's nature vulnerability is a loaded word, because it has so many connotations. Because of common incorrect or incomplete definitions of vulnerability people fear it, despise it, or dismiss it as unimportant. The idea of vulnerability terrifies people. So …

Being Bigger

"I celebrate myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good as belongs to you... The atmosphere is not a perfume... it has no taste of the distillation... it is odorless, It is in my mouth forever... I am in love with it... The smoke of my own …

Eyes

For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened - not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life." 2 Corinthians 5:4 Two weeks ago today I was in Yangon, Myanmar, 11 hours and 30 minutes on …

Becoming More Than

“You are not worthy of love because you create, you’re worthy of love because you’re you.”  What qualities or traits define you as a person? What do you consider a "part of yourself" so much that it makes you who you are? When someone asks "Who are you?", what is your first response? The answers …

Grow Yourself

Comparison is a constant struggle for so many people, including myself. It is so easy to view other's lives, bodies, talents, friends, or countless other things as superior (or sometimes inferior)  to your own. We feed our insecurities by constantly looking to other people to see if they're better than we are; we justify this internal depreciation …

0018

06/04/2016 (about fingertips and falling) cigarette smoke has invaded my lungs, your callused fingers have invaded my dreams; this thick delirious haze is induced by sleep deprivation, and it's a sedative to my functioning brain but a steroid to my butterflies; I swear, the oxygen here is heavier, my lungs work twice as hard and …

defining multitudes

I really hate year-end posts, new year's resolutions, and in general all things cliche' and mainstream about the close of one year and the launch of another. And yet, inevitably, I always find myself contemplating the events of these past 52 weeks and wondering what it all meant, missing the lovely moments, reflecting on the …

Resurfacing

Today is the first Monday in which I haven't had places to be, responsibilities to uphold, assignments to turn in, stress to manage, and non-family members to be sociable with; in other words, today was the first Monday of Christmas break. I have been long-awaiting this break ever since fall break ended and the multitude …

ii / Less, Less, Less.

LESSONS LEARNED (& learning still) pt. 2 - The Strength In Emptiness; the Glory In Humility. Humility, our corrective lenses.  Perhaps the most foundational lesson I've been taught this year is something which only can be learned (and relearned over and over) through long hours of God-wrestling and painful days, weeks, months, of emptying. To …