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Do you ever feel like Allie in the Notebook?
OK, maybe not the part where two really attractive men are fighting over you, but the part where Allie doesn’t know what she believes to be the best decision.
Many of life’s frustrations are birthed out of unmet expectations. Unfortunately, most of our expectations - the ones we put on ourselves or those put on us by others - end up crushing us through pressure and performance. The response is to then lower expectations in order to self-protect and not feel like such a failure.
But instead of lowering expectations, we need to rediscover biblical ones.
Last week I struggled to read through a Wall Street Journal article titled “The Children of the Opioid Crisis”. The difficulty wasn’t the astronomical statistics of addictions and overdoses--though they are mind boggling--rather, it was the stories of the young boys and girls who, because of the abandonment of their addicted parents, experience life as an orphan. These children, who have already experienced hunger, abuse, and neglect, now face a growing shortage of foster and adoptive parents as the number of orphans skyrockets in direct correlation with America’s opioid crisis.
Kanye West is a special kind of person. Loathed by some, worshipped by others, it’s hard not to have an opinion on him. Last year alone he went from the mental hospital to meetings with President Trump. His music is vulgar, gritty, and brutally honest, with lyrics of power, fame, and how he thinks of himself as a god. Then one night in 2008 in Singapore, Kanye West starts a freestyle at the end of his concert. During that freestyle, he tapped into the deep need for us all to be human.