2016 Reflection and Review

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If 2016 taught me anything, it's that we can't have everything we want, we can't control everything, we are not the center of the universe, death is real, and we're not making things better by promoting hate. We're more connected than we realize and the impact of our choices do go beyond the radius that we've set up in our minds.

We can no longer say that by doing nothing, we are not harming anyone. You live your life, I live mine. But precisely by doing nothing, we contribute to the ills of the world by refusing to act within our means. On the flip side, we can have this messiah complex that makes us feel better than anyone else because we care about everything, and therefore we care about nothing. We drift and base our identity on our piety but our priorities are out of whack. The reality is that we will never solve everything and we will only be constantly burdened by the perpetual and multiplying problems of the world.


Book Review: Enjoy by Trillia Newbell

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Trillia Newbell invites us to dive deep into God-ordained joy in her latest book, Enjoy: Finding Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts. The author kicks things off by laying out that God has given us good gifts and these gifts point back to Him, but there are enemies to enjoying these gifts. She identifies discontentment, ingratitude, and guilt as barriers to properly understanding and freely celebrating our blessings. Over the next 10 chapters, readers learn about practical ways to battle those enemies as we seek to enjoy our relationship with God and others, work and rest, sex, possessions, food--all of life.