• What suicide can teach us about becoming a light
    depression,  suicide

    What Suicide Can Teach Us About Being a Light

    Some of you may be surprised how hard I’ve been hit by the tragic news of the suicide of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the band Linkin Park. This was a band I listened to during my adolescence, a time of turmoil and angst like it is for many other teens. I didn’t really know the Lord during my early teens, and so secular music was all I listened to. This was a band that helped me through some pretty rough times. Suicide Affects Everyone Chester Bennington died in a tragic way that no one should ever have to experience. He committed suicide. He hanged himself. Sounds pretty heavy,…

  • faith,  inspiration

    Worthy or Not?

    Sinner. Bad. Weak. Ugly. Stupid. Dirty. Either we have had these words hurled at us by others, or we have given at least one of them to ourselves. If you are anything like me, then you are one of the many Christians who battle¬†low self-esteem or self hatred. However, this isn’t working. As Christians we are told to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength–and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27). How can we love others the way Christ does if we can’t even like ourselves? So many issues that people, especially teens, face today reflect our failure to see ourselves the way God…