Ahhh the first job. The first paycheck. Graduating from piggybank to a legitimate savings account. The first time having a consistent tithing routine. What great memories. I know our readers here range from middle school to college students, so let’s talk mowing lawns and working the register in the university book store. Let’s talk babysitting and collecting shopping carts (carriages or buggies depending on where you live) from the Walmart parking lot. Let’s talk working at the local daycare and interning at the law office. Okay, I think we get the point. Let’s talk “Jobs and Jesus.”
Our first jobs truly are important. They teach valuable communication skills, time management and responsibility, and they offer teamwork experience and provide invaluable opportunities to make mistakes and learn how to fail forward. I remember my first job. When I was in high school, … Read More »
Here in the Midwest we love our seasons. We welcome the warmth and brightness of spring, we celebrate the long hot days and suntans that summer brings, we long for the cozy cool rituals that fall offers, and the promise of snow and customs in winter. While not every season is loved by all, each is important to the next and prepares the way for the one to follow. We gain our perspective of seasons through calendars, textbooks, and experience, understanding that winter will start to release its hold somewhere around March; summer will show up somewhere around June and wave goodbye in September.
I’ve often found myself wishing for a calendar for my own life—an outline for how long I could expect certain seasons to persist—something that could help me make sense of my surroundings. Many of us … Read More »
Let me begin with this statement—I am old! I know that seems like a strange way to start an article about Youth Day service at General Conference, but I am. I guess I have to start with that because my next line starts with “Back in my day….” Usually, when a sentence is started in such a way, it can’t be good. The speaker is usually about to go on…and on…and on…about how “their day” was SO much better. I assure you, that is not the case here.
This “old person” is impressed by what I witnessed at GC 2018 among our youth. “Back in my day” General Conference seemed like mainly a social event (to me and, from what I remember, to MANY, MANY others). Embarrassingly, I admit I really can’t remember actually going to church that much. Sure … Read More »
Wilma Rudolph was born in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee as the twentieth child of twenty-two children. She grew up in poverty and had a terrible encounter with sickness as a child. By age twelve, she experienced double pneumonia, polio, scarlet fever, measles, and chickenpox. Through the many sicknesses she experienced a crippled leg that caused her to wear braces. The doctors told her she would probably never walk again, but her mother constantly told her she would!
Four years later, Wilma Rudolph won a bronze medal at the 1956 Olympics while she was still in high school. She was the youngest member of the Olympic team. At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, she won three gold medals, becoming the first American woman to do so. In the process, she broke three world records.
Wilma went on to tell of her sickness-riddled childhood that … Read More »
From the time we were toddlers, our parents, teachers, grandparents, and any other choice adults have pushed the concept of the importance of sharing. “Sharing is caring” and other catchy phrases have inundated our vocabularies since before we could walk. Sharing is so important, but allow me to spin your worldview just a bit. Picture a society where in some instances we did not share. How beautiful life would be if sometimes we just kept some things all to ourselves.
This is almost oxymoronic to say since it is making its presence on the web, but take a step back and view this in light of how simple things used to be. I’m trying to remember what life was like before smartphones, social media, and filters. I remember it was good. I remember I didn’t worry, even at a young … Read More »