Busyness

Busyness

Guest Post - Brad Nelson

Last week I attended a gathering with sixty other pastors, priests, and worship leaders. It was beautiful, inspiring, and also sad. These were highly intelligent, productive, thoughtful leaders, but they all shared something else in common. We began our time by each offering three words describing how we were arriving at the gathering. Some arrived hopeful. Many arrived curious, but almost all arrived with some variation of the following words: Tired. Exhausted. Worn out. Faint. Threadbare. Never mind that these were all people who worked in church world. I suspect the exhaustion isn’t limited to church. In fact, I more than suspect it. I know it. We all do.

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Why I Don't Think We Need To "Be More Real" On Social Media

Why I Don't Think We Need To "Be More Real" On Social Media

I was broken up with a few years ago. The email came from a distant friend. It was a loose connection to begin with, but our friendship was officially terminated when she determined that when I posted photos of food and meals on Facebook it was with the intention of making her feel bad. I tried to explain that all of us feel weird sometimes when we view other people’s lives online—I tried to tell her that when I saw photos of her out to dinner with friends and sisters I cried because at that time I was painfully lonely. But that was that, and with a few clicks of the keyboard I was cut off. For good.

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