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Life,

The World Needs Less Will Ferrels

The other day a buddy of mine sent a group text to me and another guy that said, “I love you guys.”

I stared at the phone for a few seconds a little rattled; I wasn’t sure how to respond. Obviously, the appropriate response was, “love you too.” And if we had been face to face I would have had no problem saying “I love you” back, but for whatever reason, at this moment texting “I love you” to another dude was intimidating. It felt like the equivalent of sending heart and kiss face emojis.

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Hope, Life,

What Sex-Ed Didn’t Teach You: The Implications Of Sex Outside of Marriage

Have you ever argued about something because you felt like you were supposed to but the whole time you’re thinking to yourself, “I don’t think I agree with my argument?”

There are certain things in life we are conditioned to fight for or against, but if we were to take a moment, remove all of our preconceived ideas, and all of our preferences for fairness, we might see the truth we so adamantly oppose.

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Life,

How I went from a night owl to waking up at 5am

“Every time you hit the snooze button you are delaying your dreams 9 minutes at a time” – Mark Batterson

I remember hearing older men talking about their inability to sleep in, and I would think, “not me! I’ve never had that problem!” If you would’ve tried to tell me that one day I would wake up at 5 am by choice and enjoy it, I would have laughed at your stupidity.

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Life,

The Decision More Important Than Your New Years Resolutions

2016 is coming to a close, which means it’s time to look ahead to 2017 and dream.

Dreaming is fun. Everyone loves to imagine less weight, more muscles, less debt, or more money, and that’s what makes new years resolutions so exciting. The chance something we don’t like about yourself could change sends adrenaline through your veins.

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Life,

The Reason You Think You’re Mad Is Not Really The Reason You’re Mad

Sometimes I’m upset and I don’t know why. Other times I’m upset and I think I know why.

I’m learning for every negative emotion like anger, sadness, and depression, there’s a deeper reason hidden deep in my heart and the only way to discover it is to ask questions that make me dig for deeper answers. It’s alot easier to blame other people for my problems or blame them for my anger, but the truth is I’m usually mad at you because I’m mad at me.

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A few years ago I was venting to a friend and he explained a concept called the “5 Whys.” It’s a simple exercise, but isn’t for the faint of heart, because once you decide to use the “5 whys” you have to take responsibility for yourself and your emotions and stop blaming someone else. By asking the “5 why’s” somewhere around answer #4 you’ll start getting to the truth. However, this only works if you’re brutally honest with yourself, which means it may take some time to find the answer the deeper you go. Here is how it works.

Get a piece a paper and a pen and at the top of the paper write down this question, “Why am I upset?” For example, “Why am I upset I didn’t get a raise?” or “Why am I upset my airplane flight is delayed?” or “Why am I upset Donald Trump is President?” Whatever you’re angry about write the answer underneath at the top of the page. Now ask yourself “why?” at least 5 times.

Keep asking “why?” until you get to the real issue.The problem is not something they did to me, the problem is something in me.

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Life,

God’s Way Works, My Way Hurts

The African impala can jump ten feet high and thirty feet long.

You might think zookeepers have a tough time keeping them contained at the zoo, but they don’t have to contain them because the Impala contains itself. Zookeepers simply place a three-foot wall in front of the Impala, and it won’t jump because it refuses to leave the ground if it can’t see where it will land.