Last week: a blog inspired by pop music. This week: inspired by personality psychology. Yet, they both manage to address central concerns of emerging adulthood -- community and calling. When I recently read Becoming Adult, Becoming Christian by psychologist James W. Fowler, I think I was hoping for a how-to guide. But it's not. At all. Instead of… Continue reading Emerging Adulthood According to James Fowler: A Reflection on Calling
Ain't it fun living in the real world?When I first heard Paramore's recent hit "Ain't It Fun" come on the car radio, I turned up the volume, rolled down the window, and decided within 3 minutes that this was an apt anthem for emerging adulthood (the age range technically from about 18-25 that I write… Continue reading Emerging Adulthood According to Paramore: A Reflection on Community
Parker Palmer famously wrote in Let Your Life Speak that “Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” I might also add that I must listen to my raisin box telling me what to do. Sound strange? I'll explain in a minute.… Continue reading Making Tough Decisions (a.k.a. How A Raisin Box Changed My Life)
Something unexpected happened today. I was deeply inspired...wait for it...by a football analogy Today at work some colleagues and I watched a video clip of a sermon called "Last Minute God." My colleagues, all at least 10-20 years older than myself, then described seasons of their lives when God had seemingly shown up at the… Continue reading First Quarter Faith
This video, posted on TWLOHA's tumblr today, struck me as an apt metaphor for college years:"This doesn't last forever," this coffee artist says, "and that's what makes it special."He claims that his only artistic medium is coffee art (no paint, pencil, clay) for 2 reasons:It's more about the process than the outcome.It's more about serving… Continue reading "This doesn’t last forever"