Everything you love is what makes a life worth living. Take a moment, set down the book, and make a list of all the things you love. Don’t edit yourself; don’t worry about prioritizing or anything of that sort. Simply think of all the things you love. Whether it’s the people in your life or the things that bring you joy or the places that are dear to you or your God, you could not love them if you did not have a heart. Loving requires a heart alive and awake and free.

- John Eldredge

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What Makes A Life Worth Living

geese
HONK! HONK! HONK! HONK!

If you live in the Midwest, chances are, pretty soon you’ll start to see geese flying south to their winter homes. And if you were to ask me last week If I cared about the migration habits of geese, I would have laughed at you.

Today, however, I love geese.

Seriously. They’re awesome. And after you hear what I have to tell you, I think you’ll love them too.

The thing that makes geese so special has to do with the way they fly.

When you see them flying, you’ll notice they fly in a V formation. Have you ever wondered why that is?

It’s because when geese fly in formation, it reduces the wind resistance for the flock as a whole. In fact, it reduces the resistance so much that when geese take to the sky together, they can fly 75% farther in formation than they can alone.

And when in the air, have you ever wondered why all the geese are honking?

It’s because they are encouraging one another. Honestly. All that honky honk is nothing but loud encouragement!

Pretty cool huh?

I think we can learn a lot from geese, and over the last month, I’ve seen a specific flock of geese do something amazing.

I have a great friend named Steve who’s in the middle of doing something crazy awesome, only he isn’t doing it alone. Over on his blog, he’s been raising funds to help teenage Ethiopian girls exit the world of human trafficking. The goal he set was a big one ($50,000), and over the last month, he and a giant flock of some pretty amazing people took flight and just like a flock of geese flying in a V, they accomplished more than Steve could have done alone.

Sure Steve was the one flying in the front in the beginning, but as the month progressed, others took the lead at times, and just like the geese, the flock flew farther than anyone thought possible. (As of September 9th Rim to Rim had raised over $55,000 helping over 50 teenage Ethiopian girls to exit the world of human trafficking!)

Pretty cool stuff.

So here’s the lesson the geese have for us.

If we want to do something truly amazing, we need to do it together. And once we’re in the air, we need to honk like mad and cheer one another on.

So this is my honk.

I’m proud of you, Steve. I believe in you and I love you.

When you’re running on Sunday, make sure to turn your ear to the sky and listen… You’ll hear all of us honking!

Honk! Honk!

** If you want to join Steve and the rest of the amazing people that are helping save teenage Ethiopian girls from human trafficking, it’s not too late!!! Just head over to Steve’s blog and click on the link at the end of this post!

Beauty Every Day

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

- Pablo Picasso

Take some time to look at beauty this weekend… Your soul will thank you.

Hold On Hope

Some days you just need something to hold on to.

No matter how big the waves get. Hope is never lost.

No matter what happens, no matter how scary; there is always hope.

Let T.S. Eliot’s words encourage you,

We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper
communion
Through the dark cold and empty desolation

Even in the midst of that empty desolation, if we keep moving, keep looking, keep searching for a further union, a deeper communion, we’ll catch a glimpse from the Giver and our heart will cry out like Peter and say, “How good is it for us to be here!”

That’s the hope worth tying your boat to. That’s the kind of hope we all long for. And that’s the kind hope this world needs.

Today, hold on to hope.