There is an ever increasing pressure on individuals to have a social presence on the internet. As children are growing into a world built upon socializing to the masses with their thoughts, popularity, wit, and attraction, it's hard not to look away from the strain that causes on their psyche.
Do you realize how much you hope for throughout the day? You go to bed, hoping that the next day will begin routinely. When we wake up in the morning, we HOPE that our alarm will go off, we HOPE that there will be warm water when we turn on the shower, and we HOPE that people won't cross the yellow stripes on the highway on our way to wherever we're going. Hope drives us, propels us, and frames our perspective of the world we live in.
Although transformation is an integral part of ministry and following Christ, I think sometimes it allows others to overlook His acceptance.
I am weak and constantly beating myself up thinking of what more I could do. I think Marci can agree with this too. No matter how good you are in healthcare there is always room for improvement. The anxiety is understandable. I want to always serve first God, then go every mile for my wife, and yet inspire teens to pursue Christ with their whole heart. Easy right? So it makes sense that anxiety would become a crucial part of ministry and caring for others with the love of Christ. But how do you not delve into severe anxiety and depression?
How do you create an open dialogue? At church, we typically teach instruction rather than a process for dialogue when it comes to components of belief and faith. We've learned that from an educational standpoint, this rarely leads to engagement and an interest among students, so why would we use the same formula for teaching about Jesus?
So when I saw that HBO had released a documentary on the psychological effects of the Slenderman and other Creepypastas (online urban legends) I was hooked. To curb the sleepless late night effects, I invited a couple of my closest friends, brewed some coffee, and apologized for the next couple of hours that were about to take place.