It seemed like it would never get here during all the May snow, but summer is finally arrive! After a long year of studying, training, teaching and working, you’ve earned a new swimming suit and some relaxation in the sun.
If you’re a human being, you’ve faced fear. Maybe it was on the basketball court or before performing a solo on stage. Maybe it was during a difficult conversation with a friend, applying for college or standing up to peer pressure.
I saw Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris for the first time while on a Denver Lutheran High tour of Europe. It was nineteen years ago that our group adventured through London, Paris, Rome, Versailles and the Amalfi Coast, and it was a trip I’ll never forget.
“It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak...like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” --C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
One of these days you should wander into an art classroom at LuHi and watch our talented ceramics students. You’ll see that a beautiful piece of pottery is not created by chance, but is dependent on many fine details: the malleability and composition of the clay, the deftness of the artist’s hands, the humidity and temperature of the kiln, and of course, the skill of the master’s hands.
So frequently in life, we are determined by our performances. We think getting into heaven looks like what Jack and Patrik had to go through to get into worship class. Unfortunately, some people think this is what it’s going to look like in heaven: a process of weighing our deeds and trying to live up to expectations.
As you know, the teenage years can be some of the best and some of the most tumultuous times. Teens need extra support from their parents. As a result, parents need extra support. Busy schedules and adolescent hormones can make you feel isolated on a lonely island of teen parenting. You need to be equipped to nurture your child and hear you are not alone on this precarious journey. Who do you turn to for help?
In this day and age, it’s easy to swipe a phone screen to message a friend, post an Instagram pic or send a Snapchat. Our phones are never out of reach and our connections are always within reach. And why not? It makes friendships easier, right? We talk to people more often—maybe even to God, since our Bible app is on our screen and can be accessed anytime, anywhere.
Every year my financial advisor likes to remind me, “You know, if you would just start teaching public school, at this point you’d be making like 32% more per year”.