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What Does it Take to Change?

ShoesI’m trying to change. I’d rate my success as mediocre.

For the last decade or so I’ve been trying to become a runner. It’s a big change for me after a lifetime with the identity NOT ATHLETIC.

I played softball on my church youth group team because my dad was the coach. I watched the game from right field where I dropped my glove on the grass and made bracelets of clover.

I ran a mile in 6th grade for field day and vomited at the end.

I’ve tried several times to pick up running. I remember making a go of it in my early 30s and thinking maybe I’d run a marathon when I turned 40. I passed 40 in running shoes at a brisk walking pace. Continue reading “What Does it Take to Change?”

This is Good Government!

I was tempted to write the title of this post in ALL CAPS because  I am so proud to live in Lake County right now.

My county law enforcement and health agencies have accomplished something important together.

AWayOutLCThey have done it with justice, kindness, and humility.

The program, called A Way Out, makes police departments across the county safe places for people addicted to drugs to get help.

“Under a new program initiated across Lake County, those struggling with any type of addiction can walk into a police station and find help rather than handcuffs. Continue reading “This is Good Government!”

Affordable Housing in Lake County, IL

Lake County Affordable HousingBed to Sleep In

Has there ever been a time when you did not have a home or a permanent address? Home an important way we organize our lives.

A home address connects you with public services, a neighborhood, and a community. Home is a safe place to rest, to connect with family, to organize and prepare yourself for the tasks of work and school. Continue reading “Affordable Housing in Lake County, IL”

Churches Have More to Share Than Jesus and Our Money

In my (limited) experience, church people work together to connect with the world mainly in two ways: to tell about Jesus, and to share our money. Mostly, we give our money to other groups working to tell about Jesus or fight poverty.

Sharing Jesus and sharing money are good things to do. If you are doing these things, I support you.

But I think we are overlooking something important. Continue reading “Churches Have More to Share Than Jesus and Our Money”

Reach Out for the Exhausted

It’s been several months since I came across this article about the myth that lack of self-control is the what keeps people poor, and I keep going back to read it again. There are so many factors contributing to poverty and blaming the people who are trapped there doesn’t help.

We can reach out in compassion, building on the resources that already exist.

“Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person…” (from 1 Thessalonians 5)

We all know how it feels to be exhausted by life. That’s a place where we can all connect and encourage one another.