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My (not-so-little) Sphere of Influence

I shifted my weight in my chair during lunch as the speaker encouraged us to consider our roles and write down our circles of influence on a sheet of paper. Well this won’t take long, I thought to myself.

My paper ended up with wife, family member, friend, and employee scribbled shyly and slowly so those around me wouldn’t be able to tell how short it was.

Truth’s Power over Depression

You try so hard and get nowhere. You are not good at this. You will never be good enough. No one cares about you. If you died today they wouldn’t miss you. You aren’t special in any way. You are just white noise. Nobody loves you. You are alone. These are the types of harsh, cold words that race through your mind when you sink into the dark pit of depression.


Chronic depression doesn’t just go away with medicine and encouragement.

Think about Discipleship

What images come to mind when you think about discipleship? Are the images current or sepia-hued as if from a Bible story? Do you see yourself as a disciple? Are you in a group or alone in your Bible-study nook? It may be hard to imagine ourselves in the role of discipleship, but that doesn’t mean we should take it for granted. 

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