Passion for the Least of Them

Lesson: Learning to Expressively Care for Those We Overlook

Just yesterday, I posted the following status on Facebook:

When was the last time you sought to find out who someone is before writing them off? You never know how much damage you can do to someone when you simply don’t think about how to actively and expressively love them. What you say is important. What you don’t say is important. How you say it is important. Live life intentionally, and care for everyone. Not just those in your inner circles—everyone.

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Beautiful, Unmerited Grace

Lesson: Understanding the Story of Failure

I’m going to be forthcoming for once. For the past two and half years, I’ve ended each day with incredibly deeply rooted regrets. I’ve ended every day upset with myself, wondering why I didn’t do more, why I haven’t performed better, why I just can’t get it right. I’ve loved myself under the premise and with the understanding that God loves me. But I’ve hated myself with immeasurable hate even more. All of my flaws, failures, slipups, pains, weaknesses, emptiness, brokenness. I’ve stretched myself thin.
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The Truth About Freedom

Lesson: Unraveling Suppressed Truth in Search for Healing

Well, it’s been a very long time since I’ve written on here. I’ve been very busy. I’m at a great place in life, but there are some things I’d like to share that have been heavy on my heart for some time now. God has been taking me on this journey toward healing, uncovering things that have been buried in my subconscious since I was a kid.

I have to give a disclaimer: this is definitely the modified version of this post. Certain things I had originally written while journaling, I just could not find the strength to include in this post. But here’s what I can say…
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Have Your Way

Lesson: Waiting for the answer–with patience

No matter how many songs I write, I always seem to find my way back to this one: “Have Your Way”. I wrote this song during my first semester of my freshman year of college. I was sitting at my desk alone, completely unaware of how to handle the things I was facing at the time.
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Preying on Peace; Yes, PrEying

Lesson: Learning to Fight Until the Gavel is Banged

I’m feeling a little indifferent about the past week. It was a good week. Nothing went terribly wrong, but I’m still swimming through some uncertain waters that should have died down by now.

When I think about it, one of the things that makes me apprehensive in life is the fact that in the past year I have come to terms (I guess you can say) with the fact that most of the things we ask God for—and holler in church about how he’s going to make them come to pass—he has absolutely no obligation to do.
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The Invisible Evidence in the Courtroom

Lesson: Glorying in the Midst of Certain Uncertainty

Wow. I am sitting in a room on my college campus, gazing through a window that allows me to see the entire front-end of the university. I see it—in all its beauty, in all its summer lonesomeness; I see how it’s dying of the urge to step out of its introversion and teach us all the lessons it’s learned over the years. I’m amazed.
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A Global Diagnosis: Tracing my Lineage

Lesson: Learning to Address the Factors

What’s wrong with me? Every now and again, I find myself wondering, what makes me different from everyone else. It’s not that I compare myself to others as if I want to become someone that I’m not; I just wish to be the best version of me that I can possibly be. I understand that growth takes effort. The Bible says to “discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7, NASB). One of my most rehearsed passages of scripture instructs us to “make every effort” to supplement specific life-changing qualities to our lives, qualities that “keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:3-8). Continue reading “A Global Diagnosis: Tracing my Lineage”

A Prison for the Free

Lesson: Learning to address harsh reality and trust God to get me past it

Well, it’s just about midnight, and I’m thinking deeply about my life as I tend to do every night. I’ll admit, this post is long overdue.

May 26, 2016 was the 1-year “anniversary” of the end of the service trip I took in 2015 in hopes to learn more about God, to grow, to take risks for his glory, to step into a realm of uncertainty while fully trusting his promises nonetheless, to use my love and passion for God to benefit others, to make my first attempts to follow the biblical mandate to “make disciples of ALL nations”. It was a life-changing experience. Continue reading “A Prison for the Free”

The Gates of Hell

Lesson: Growing comfortable with being uncomfortable

Ever since I visited London, I’ve loved tea; however, I think sometime soon, I will begin to scowl at even the most generous offer; don’t ask me if I want any tea! Excuse me if this isn’t the most fitting way to begin a blog—especially a blog written by “Christian Sanders”. However, to be blunt, I feel like I have just walked through the gates of hell. Continue reading “The Gates of Hell”

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