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A Better Way to Introduce Your Friends at Parties
Cadence Turpin
By Cadence Turpin
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I want people to know my friend Carolyn is amazing at her job, but more than that, I want people to know the stuff inside her that makes her a great friend. The stuff that makes you want to stand by her at a party, in hopes that her thoughtful observations and quick wit rub might off on you. Let’s stop introducing the people we love based solely on what they do, who they cash their checks from, or what’s on their twitter profiles. Let’s instead start reminding them of who they are.

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Making Choices When You Don’t Know What’s Next
Cadence Turpin
By Cadence Turpin
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You can seek and receive advice, read up and listen in, pray for guidance—and all these things surely help. But your choices are uniquely yours. And spoiler alert: even when you avoid making a choice, you are making a choice. Probably a bad one. So in order to really develop our true identities and giftings, we have to learn to face the unknown and make choices that don’t fit inside the formulas and “right-or-wrong” mentality we’re taught to cling to as children.

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Why You’re More Successful Than You Think
Scott McClellan
By Scott McClellan
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Life, if we’re honest, is a parade of mixed bags. Your friendships, your time in college, your marriage, your career — they all feature ups and downs, highlights and lowlights, wins and losses. When we think solely in terms of success or failure, we fall into the trap of a false dichotomy. Most of life isn’t success OR failure, it’s success AND failure.

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Your Growth May Threaten Others, Grow Anyway
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
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Every story is about one thing, the arc of the character. What I mean by that is unless the hero changes, you’ve got no story. They have to be cowardly at the beginning and brave at the end, or selfish at the beginning and altruistic at the end. Something in the character has to change or the audience loses interest.

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What Do You Need to Hand Over So You Can Heal?
Dean Nelson
By Dean Nelson
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Finally, he stopped. “Whew,” I thought. “He must have figured that I was at the limit of what I could do.” But before I could move, I heard him say this: “If you want me to help you, you gotta let me have your shoulder.” In other words, I wasn’t cooperating in my own healing. I was resisting, and didn’t even know it.

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How You Can Experience More of Eternity
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
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I like the idea that, at least experientially, we can stretch time out a bit, slow it down, fit more of life into it’s cracks and crevasses. Life will resist, of course. And we can’t all live in the timeless every hour of the day. But we can find those cracks. And we can slip into them from time to time.

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Don’t Strive to Be Someone You’re Not
Andrea Lucado
By Andrea Lucado
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When I began accepting my quiet self, I began to experience freedom. If being quiet was true about me, I didn’t have to force myself to be louder than what felt natural. I didn’t have to try to be more fun at parties when I didn’t know how to be. I could start to discover who I truly was, quiet parts and all.

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How Playing It Safe Keeps You from Finishing Strong
John Richmond
By John Richmond
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The desire to use a “four corners offense” or “prevent defense” in our lives can be strong. We rack up a few points in school, some more at our job, and a few more with our families, then want to sit on our lead. We try to run out the clock only making safe, predictable moves. The problem with such a strategy is that we really are not actually sitting on a lead, and we have no idea when the buzzer will sound ending our time on earth.

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What to Do When You Can’t Make a Decision
By Donald Miller
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Make the Most of the Path You’re On
By Glennon Doyle Melton
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Be Brave Enough to Make a Mess
By Shauna Niequist
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What a Forgotten Photo Revealed About My Parents
By Susan Isaacs
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