For the Perfectionists

-Beth Wangler

You’re worth more than the sum _______of your parts. Your value’s established _______and firm. You’re not _______a grade _______a job _______a diagnosis _______a gender _______a name _______a choice _______a failure _______a success– You. are. you. There are no other yous in this _______whole wide world, nor have there ever been. You are invaluable _______precious _______dear. …

Here’s to Unusual Names

It’s amazing how frequently people mess up your name when your name is Bethany.  They either think you said “Stephanie,” or when they read it they only see the “B” and the “any” and assume you’re Brittany.  Never has this occurred more frequently than at work when I answer the phones.  I enunciate as clearly …

Being Versus Doing

    “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” ~Batman, Batman Begins The above quote is from a scene in Batman Begins, in which Rachel, the childhood friend of Bruce Wayne, does not yet know that he (spoiler alert) is Batman.  She asks him, as Batman, to tell her his …

Identity

Who am I? This question begins to haunt us in about junior high, and continues to plague us for a while after that.  The answers–or lack thereof–determine what path we follow after high school, what we do with our time, who we associate with.  In a large part, our answers to this question become more …

Who I Am

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  ~2 Corinthians 10:5 I recently became a leader in the youth ministry at my new church.  After each mid-week gathering, we have a leader meeting around a firepit …