Yearly Archives: 2017

Celebrating Beauty in a Broken World

’Tis the season—the season for shopping and packaging, for rushing from Christmas parties to gift exchanges to family dinners. We’re toasting and caroling, admiring the beauty all around us, and soaking up every enjoyable moment we can. We’re reveling in the warmth of cozy fires and family, celebrating the end of a great year and…

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  • Marcus Diddle - As I get older, I feel increasingly more strange each Christmas as people start asking me what they can buy me. I look around at everything I have (at all the clutter that I’m actively trying to get *rid* of), and can’t help but feel guilty asking people to buy me more. I’ve lived a very privileged life. I’ve never known what it is to “want” for something, so yeah, I feel guilty at Christmas; surrounded by my possessions and my privilege, all while knowing there are so many others suffering at that same moment. But you’re right, I don’t think we’re meant to feel guilt about it, or sell our possessions and live a life of poverty. You can live a privileged life, surrounded by security and even some of life’s luxuries, and still be a good person, doing good deeds. As long as you acknowledge what you have, appreciate where you are in life, and recognize how truly blessed you are, not taking any of it for granted. Once you lose sight of those things, well then I think you’ve got problems.ReplyCancel

    • chelseasherman - Absolutely. I think it’s definitely a balancing act. I think problems arise when we fail to see what we have as enough, and when we lose sight of the reality that there is a hurting world out there. If we’re not careful, we can insulate ourselves in our tidy little lives and forget that most of the planet doesn’t live like we do.ReplyCancel

On Fiercely Loving Your People

Last week we hosted Friendsgiving at our house. We shoved 15 adults and way too many kids into our condo, and ate and fellowshipped, and laughed too hard and said many inappropriate things, and it was just the best. It wasn’t a dinner party with a seating arrangement and fancy food and proper parking spaces…

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6 Things I Learned from Wearing the Same Clothes All Month

I’m currently going through Jen Hatmaker’s book/social experiment 7 with a friend (definitely check it out if you haven’t yet) and this month’s challenge has been particularly convicting for me. The premise is simple: choose seven items of clothing to wear for the month. See what it’s like to live with less. I decided to modify…

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  • Maygan - You are speaking to my soul! I am in awe of you Chelsea… thank you for putting things into perspective. Feeling motivated and inspired to do and be better. ReplyCancel