4. Just because you’re scared, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Baby, the day you stop doing things scared is the day your vibrancy is completely sucked out of you. You can never stop doing things scared. I want to say this again: You can never stop doing things scared.
12. There is power in confession. Let yourself be vulnerable in your weaknesses even if it terrifies you. Disarm the notion that there are certain struggles meant to be waddled through alone. Confession breeds community and community breathes life into parts of us that flat-line in isolation.
14. You cannot throw around the word “deserve” when you’ve built your life on the abiding promise of grace. Grace abolishes the concept of getting what you warrant and ushers in a breeze of continual newness through unwavering mercy. Spoiler alert: At the end of the day, you cannot set up a tent in both camps. Choose one. Choose grace.
18. If we could see where our enemy weeps, they would no longer be our enemy. Remember this when you want to react; when your blood is boiling and your ego is bruised. People need love most when they deserve it the least. (See #14.)
19. We are created and loved by a God who is knee-deep in the business of turning chaos into order. On this side of eternity, your defeat is never final. Darkness always seems like it is going to win, until it doesn’t. Chin up, buttercup.
23. People don’t care about how perfectly planned and organized your life is. People care about how available you are to them. People care that you show up. Be flexible. You can do laundry, get groceries, clean your apartment or wrap Christmas gifts tomorrow. People need you today.
24. If I could choose three celebrity roommates to live with – completely platonically – for the rest of my life– they would be: Jimmy Fallon, Bill Murray and Lauren Conrad. (Honorable Mentions: Neil Patrick Harris and Fat Schmidt)