• Missions

    Cracks In Our Armor: The Fall and Rise of the Righteous

    Pretty sure I’m not alone in the experience of hearing news of a friend who has perhaps had an affair, or left their family, or succumbed to drug and alcohol addiction, pornography or any number of moral and spiritual failures.  If this has not happened to someone you know, you’ve certainly heard this in news headlines about trusted evangelical leaders.  Our hearts break and we feel shocked, saddened, betrayed, and often angry.  Some pass judgment, some show grace, but at some point we ask the question: “how did this happen?” That’s what I want to talk about today.  We have to be aware of the cracks in our armor and…

  • Life,  Missions,  Spiritual Formation

    Insecurity

    Hello! My name is Heath and I am insecure.  I work in a job that causes me to feel lots of insecurity.  I love my job and I don’t want to trade it for a more secure job.  Well at least most of the time, and besides, the NBA doesn’t want me anyway.  I am insecure as a missionary because I don’t always fit in, making friends can be hard, and being good at Japanese is a pipe dream.  I could go on but those are some of the things I struggle with.  I know that I am not the only one who struggles with insecurity. I am insecure, so…

  • Missions,  Team dynamics

    How to Ruin Missionary Teamwork

    #1-  Be Passive Aggressive This is guaranteed to work.  Increase the use of sarcasm, sarcasm is always well received!  No one gets their feelings hurt when you use sarcasm.  Give a fake smile.  Fake nod of approval works too.  Guilt trips would be on point.  Deliberately avoid responding to your teammates.  I could go on about this one!  No, please don’t do this!  Be honest and open.  Kindly and respectfully challenge passive aggressive behavior when you see it.  Clear the air.  It’s much easier to navigate team dynamics when everyone is being honest. #2-  Make Assumptions It’s always best to assume that you know your teammates thoughts and intentions.  You’re…

  • Stress Management

    Self-care: Tired of hearing about it yet?

      The term “self-care” gets thrown around quite a bit these days.  Depending on the context in which you have heard it you may have positive or negative connotations about self-care.  Missionaries (and anyone in a helping profession for that matter) naturally give of themselves.  Your time, your energy, your heart, your home and sometimes your finances are spent for the good of others.  Unfortunately if you aren’t careful, you wake up one morning finding you have nothing left to give.  This is where self-care comes in.  Actually no, self-care needs to enter the picture long before you have nothing left to give. Let’s start with defining what self-care IS…