Dear Friend, You Might be a Rebel

We were sitting in the sleek, stiff-backed chairs tucked around our small office conference room. “Have I told you my analogy about the elephant and the sapling?” my boss asked me while clicking his ballpoint pen. I shook my head. The air conditioner hummed lazily. “It’s the story of a baby elephant who is tied…

Dear Hard Worker, Here’s a Practical Guide to Cultivating Gratitude

This post originally appeared on the blog at Qara.org, an online forum designed to equip, inspire, and empower twenty-somethings to embrace their season and live wholehearted lives. According to a recent New York Times story, dissatisfaction is rampant among working Americans today. Maybe you can relate. When we are restless and unhappy at work, we will actually don’t do…

Dear Friend, Here’s What to Know About a Work-Driven Life

This post originally appeared on the blog at Denver Institute for Faith & Work and also at Qara.org, an online forum designed to equip, inspire, and empower twenty-somethings to embrace their season and live wholehearted lives. A young woman stares at us looking exhausted – and yet, exhilarated. She is fueled by coffee and (we can presume) little else.…

Dear Friend, You’re Allowed to Ask Your Questions

 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” - John 6:28-29 I think we all tend to ask the same questions, just in our own languages. We all want to…

Dear Margins, Thanks for How You Show Us Hope

I love it when snow falls outside my office window. The flakes flirt with the wind currents between skyscrapers, sometimes drifting both up and down as the breeze catches them. What might be tumultuous at street-level looks graceful and peaceful from 27 stories high. And that's a good metaphor for how 2016 was for me - sometimes challenging…

Dear Bravery, Maybe You’re Not What We Think

"You are doing the brave thing," a doting friend says to the heroine of the movie, over cups of tea. My friend and I watched the scene unfold over our own mugs of tea and pumpkin cookies. "Oh, I know it doesn't feel like that. You feel like a big fat failure now. But you're not. You are…