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May 2

You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) by Josh Groban

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

heartlabyrinthReader JenniferMacLeod[~= @JenMacAtlGA82 recommended that Josh Groban’s “You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)” be included in this series.

I had forgotten about the song, and when I watched the video I fought back tears.

Watch You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) here. (Lyrics below)

I cannot begin to tell you how accurately this song describes what I have experienced at TreeHouse since 1989.
– Teens lost, lonely, and screaming-longingly to feel heard.
– Parents seeking, searching, and silently-longing to be encouraged.
– Friends hoping, hurting, and helping their friends limp along.
– Youth ministers, teachers, counselors, politicians and police officers looking for solutions.
Every week I see the looks on people’s faces when they feel heard and find hope.

May 1

You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual

343653_a_helping_handI love Josh Groban’s song You Raise Me Up
Give it a listen:

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

May 14

Vices: Yours, Mine, and Ours

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2011 in How To, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

Guest Post by Ash San Filippo

Over the past few years, I have developed a new hobby: building things. I’ve spent many hours of my free time building everything from a new bed frame to a dish rack. With each new project, my need for tools grows. There has been one tool in particular that I have had my eye on, but have yet to purchase: a vice. Vices are unique tools. They have no cords, no blades and no handles—yet they are just as powerful as any tool hanging in my garage.

Jul 26

Listen. Listen. Listen.

Posted on Monday, July 26, 2010 in Relational, Social

Listening is a choice.  You can choose to listen attentively or you can choose not to.

Listening requires self-control.  Choosing to listen and not to speak requires self-discipline for most people.  Sadly many people spend all their time waiting for the other person to stop so they can talk again.

Listening requires practice.  The discipline of listening becomes easier as we learn to value listening.

I value listening more because I believe it demonstrates God’s character.

How you ask?  Consider how much more God listens to you than speak to you.   God doesn’t speak often, but God spoke through the prophet:

Apr 23

What is Kindness?

Posted on Friday, April 23, 2010 in Relational, Social

“Be kind and compassionate to one another…” [Ephesians 4:32]

What is Kindness?

Kindness is a choice.

Kindness is an attitude.

Kindness is not a weakness.

Kindness is counter-cultural.  Sadly, kindness is radical thinking in our culture.

Kindness recognizes that the other person as important.  Not more important than you, and not less important than you.

Kindness Involves Action

When we recognizes that another person is as important as we are it changes what we do and what we value.

Nov 6

Honesty Is Counter-Cultural

Posted on Friday, November 6, 2009 in Intellectual, Relational

Honesty is a culturally threatening virtue. So threatening that few people make it a constant choice. It’s counter-cultural to choose to be honest.

Cultural Corruption

People joked about cheating on their taxes – “it’s okay unless you get caught.” People make “little white lies.” They cover up the truth “to protect the other person.”

“Everyone lies” and “everyone lies some of the time” are routinely used to justify the choice to be dishonest. That’s if the choice to be dishonest is ever challenged.

You love evil more than good and lies more than truth”, says the songwriter.