W-11 // The Story of Living

“I will choose to die to self instead of die to pain.”

For you my loved one, and for the others.

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week.

A Spoken Word for you.


The Forest

Pine is perfection when in the form of a tree

But when I find myself pining for things unseen

I take a step back to see the forest —

the pines,

the firs,

the alders.

So here is to the forest and letting the things unseen remain where they are.

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For The One

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Probably one of the most well-known Bible verses in this thing we call the world.

I was on my way to youth group Wednesday preparing to teach a lesson involving this scripture. My desire for the youth, and for my community, is that we will be able to catch even just a glimpse of how much the Lord loves us. That said, I was considering having each youth write John 3:16 on a note card and put their name in place of “the world.”

Then I thought: “Well that’s dumb, cheesy, corny and all the other things.” 

As that thought entered my mind, the Lord quickly reminded me of Luke 15 and the parable of the lost sheep. I felt like the Lord was saying even if the verse read, “For God so loved Bethany,” he would have sent his son. He would have sent his son even for one of us. When I think of that kind of love, I am overwhelming. I cannot even begin to fathom how vast his love for one single being is.


The song You Don’t Miss A Thing has been running through my mind ever since. In a crowd of 10,000 Jesus sees the one–with their past, present future, with their triumphs and their failures, with their pain and prosperity. And he chooses them. Over and over and over. He chooses you, every time.

Allow the mystery and wonder of his love overwhelm you today.

Until Next Time,



Boxes & The Woman at the Well

John 4 tells the oh-so-popular story of the woman at the well. This unnamed, Samaritan woman is asked, by a man she doesn’t know, for water. Her response? “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?”

Point numero uno: she doesn’t know this is Jesus. Numero dos: she put herself in a box.

By stating the fact that she was a Samaritan and this random man Jew, she confined herself to a box, limiting herself. I wonder how many of us limit ourselves by claiming things as our identities that–in all reality–don’t define us. This could be things such as: illnesses, disorders, relationships, jobs, kids, failures, accidents, grades, money, success, etc.

The neat thing is this: the woman at the well was not confined to her self-proclaimed box for all of eternity. After conversing with this man, Jesus, she recognized that there was something special about him. She goes back to her town to rally some of her peeps to meet this amazing man who was, quiet possibly, the Christ.

After the other towns folk interact with him they said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

The Lord is ready to use each and every one of us to build his kingdom. Too often we are limiting and disqualifying ourselves from the work he has called us to. He sees us as: pure, white, immaculate, his sons and daughters. The sower longs to rejoice with the reapers of his harvest. To do that, we need to join in the work of the harvest.

So here is to breaking down boxes and stepping in to the freedom of being a harvester.

Until Next Time,

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