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One Thing Parents Can Do to Change Their Children’s Lives
Darrell Vesterfelt
By Darrell Vesterfelt
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It was one of those moments that moves in slow motion when you think back on it. My parents were sitting on the brown love seat in our living room. They turned off the TV and asked us to sit down. 

“We are sorry”, were the first words out of their mouth.

My eyes met my brother’s, and then we looked back at my mom and dad. They continued to explain they were sorry for holding such strong and legalistic views on alcohol. Their extreme views were unhealthy, they said, and were isolating them from people they cared about, including family members who weren’t Christians. 

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A Healthier Way to View Rejection
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
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While shooting Blue Like Jazz we watched hours and hours of auditions. There are four major parts in the film, and many more minor roles. For each role, hundreds may have inquired, and dozens or more sat down to film a reading. I admit the process was fun. Steve would send me his final list with links to the auditions, and I would chime in on the actors that best fit the parts. And I learned something invaluable about life while doing so. I learned that life is about finding the right role for you, and that being “rejected” for a part often has little to do with talent. I don’t remember seeing a single audition in which the actor or actress wasn’t exceptionally talented.

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What It Really Means to Submit Yourself to God
Allison Fallon
By Allison Fallon
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The first time I felt frustrated with the concept of submitting myself to God was when I was choosing where to go to college. I knew it was a big decision—maybe the biggest decision I had made up to that point in my life—so I invested my whole self into it. I researched, applied, and finally heard good news from several schools.

“Okay, God,” I said. “Where should I go?”

Silence.