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How My Calling Discovered Me—Steve Wiens
Good piece here in Leadership Journal.
It all started when someone else didn’t show up.
I was working at a camp during the summer of 1992, taking a much-needed break from binge drinking and other ridiculous things that many college students do. I had discovered God at this camp—the God that liked me, the God that saw me, and chose me, and I was electric with life.
For the first time, I felt integrated. I was caring for campers, having spiritual conversations, playing, and experiencing joy in ordinary moments. For the first time, it felt like nothing was missing. I was alive, and I knew it.
The Republican Party doesn’t want to believe its voters agree with Trump. But they do.—Ezra Klein
I’ve been saying this for a while. Naturally, I don’t agree with every last word of this article, but I think the general gist is true: Donald Trump represents more of the Republican base than we would like to admit.
This is, for Republicans, the more comforting interpretation of Trump’s emergence — he’s a candidate powered by a potent mix of celebrity, outrage, and chutzpah, but he’s not really a Republican, and as the primary grinds on, Republican voters will figure that out.
But there’s another possible interpretation — this one more worrying for Republicans. In this interpretation, part of what makes Trump dangerous is that he’s willing to cater to the opinions of the Republican base in ways that the Republican establishment wouldn’t dare. And in doing so, he can exploit longstanding cleavages between the Republican Party and the voters it represents.
Your Budget Will Probably Fail Occasionally, and That’s Okay—Eric Ravenscraft
Susie and I were just having a conversation about this the other day. Keeping a budget seems frustrating and pointless for me when I don’t stick to it down to the penny. Looks like we need to loosen up a bit.
The point of keeping a budget isn’t to force yourself into a rigid, unyielding lifestyle that can never be adaptable in any way. The point is to give yourself guidelines and goals. Prioritize saving, but if you find that your savings have cut into your food bill, dial it back a bit. Give yourself a long-term goal, but allow yourself room for short-term goals as well. Most importantly, don’t give up on the idea of budgeting entirely just because one month didn’t go exactly as planned.
Warning, there is some language in the video below, so keep your speakers down.
I’m colorblind and would LOVE a pair of these sunglasses. I’m red-green/blue-purple colorblind, which is explained in more detail here. These videos are awesome because you get to see people see true color for the first time. It’s obviously breathtaking, as you’ll see below.