Tough Advice for a Young Idealist: Struggle Less for Ideas, and More for People
Jena Nardella
By Jena Nardella

My first thoughts of Africa were wrapped up in idealism, dripping with it. I had romanticized Africa as a place of simplicity, poverty, culture and beauty. Like other Americans, I imagined Africa as it belonged in the travel magazines, in the headlines of the newspapers and in the argument for why children should finish their dinners.

Perhaps, we sentimentalize places and people who are different from us until we truly know them. Or perhaps we long for them, in the way Isaiah longed for a New Jerusalem. As a 21-year-old, I co-founded Blood:Water Mission with the belief that we could eradicate HIV/AIDS and provide safe water for all. If we could simply rally enough people to care, certainly there could be…

How to Love Valentine’s Day Even if You’re Single
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

I used to not like Valentine’s Day all that much. It’s not like I was bitter or anything, I just felt especially single on that day. It’s like I was a normal guy all year, then suddenly I was extremely, extremely single.

Ever felt that way?

And if I were more honest, more self aware, perhaps I’d have known then I was a little lonely. I didn’t feel lonely, but looking back, I felt a little incomplete.

Somtimes you don’t know you have a…

What to Do in Your Times of Unbelief
Justin Zoradi
By Justin Zoradi

Every journey has rocky paths, dark valleys of uncertainty, and stretches of disillusionment.

In our most desperate times of unbelief, how then should we live?

I recently stumbled upon a reflection on the legend of Saint Christopher that I’ve found comforting…