How To Skip the Drama In High School

I’ve been at the same school since kindergarten!!

There have been ups and downs throughout the years, but in middle school, a major down was the drama. I remember being so sick and tired of it I really wanted to leave. I didn’t think the drama would EVER stop! But, since being in high school, the amount of drama I’ve dealt with has gotten substantially smaller. Does that mean there isn’t drama? Absolutely not!!!!

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Women, Role Models, & Nutrition

There are two things I particularly love.

  1. I adore fruits, vegetables, baked potatoes, and anything else I can pull or pluck from a garden and eat without washing. (It’s a habit I still wrestle to break, even though I am now a grown, highly educated adult.)
  2. I. Love. Running.

So when I first became intrigued by nutrition, it was no surprise — and I was primarily looking at it from a sports performance perspective.

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What do I do when I’m crushing on my best friend?

[This is a question James and I receive almost every time we share our High School Textinar, so we figured it would be a great addition for our Textinar Q&A Blog!]

What do I do when I’m crushing on my best friend?

It happens all the time! One minute you’re just friends, goofing around, and the next minute it’s like you’re seeing him or her for the first time. (For me it was always: “Those eyes! How have I never noticed those eyes before?!”)

I’m a huge fan of having good friends of the opposite gender. I think it adds much perspective on life, and helps us learn more about ourselves. But these friendships do come with this difficulty:

It’s really easy to start to like each other, and the feelings can come out of nowhere!

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How do we love others that we don’t like?

[Introduction: James and I are beginning to write blog posts to answer some of the questions we most frequently receive (or don’t have time to answer) during our Textinar messages. Here’s one that’s been asked several times.]

Question: How do we love others that we don’t even like?

“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” – Matthew 5:46-47

The Girl I Didn’t Like

I grew up at a swim club in upstate New York. Every summer, we lived at the pool. When it opened, we were there for swim lessons and swim team, and when it closed, we were the last ones out, with our coolers and water bottles now empty. It only made sense to start lifeguarding there as soon as I was old enough to be certified, and continue guarding there all through college.

During those years, I never realized how I was perceived by others as someone who was stand-off-ish. I felt so insecure around the other lifeguards (almost entirely girls), and acutely aware that I didn’t fit in, so I just didn’t say much and tried to look really pretty everyday. I found out later in life, that they all just thought I was stuck up and annoying.

So it only makes sense now why they teased me.

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Being filled with fullness of God…with other people!

I love the passage in Ephesians 3 that reads:

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which pass knowledge: that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (vs 14-19).

Beautiful, just beautiful.

I’ve always taken this verse to mean that when we know the love of God, we find all the fullness of God. But today, as I’m traipsing my way through Ephesians, it suddenly hit me – whoa! This verse is about the body of Christ, not about just our individual walks with God!

Okay so Ephesians is all about how the Gentiles are welcomed into the Christian faith; there’s no more separation between Jew and Greek; all are one in Christ. And Eph. 1:23 says, “…which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” WHOA! His body is this fullness of Him who fills all in all?

So in this context, comes this gorgeous passage in Eph. 3, with this one little phrase I’ve always unknowingly skipped over. “that you…may be able to comprehend WITH ALL THE SAINTS…to know the love of Christ…that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

I mean, I’ve known it was important to be in relationship with other people, but man! We discover the fullness of God when together, as one, as the body of Christ, we have revelation of the love of God. Why would that bring us to His fullness? My guess is that only then do we live as Christ lived, when we are “rooted and grounded in love” (vs 17), when we “walk…with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (4:1-3). Wow!

That was just the coolest little discovery today. God fill me with Your fullness as I discover the depths of the love of God with my brothers and sisters, and as we learn how to live out of that love!