In the last 48 hours alone, I’ve been contacted about four heroin overdoses. Two failing marriages. One suicide attempt. Another self-harm situation. And a rape. On top of those heartbreaking scenarios, I’m watching the news of nations try to recover from catastrophic disasters. People are clearing away debris and burying their dead. Desperation is on the rise.
Faces of Desperation
Sometimes life just happens. And there’s nothing we can do about it. To no fault of our own, the bottom falls out leaving us without hope—help seems to be a distant fantasy outside our reach. And that’s hell on earth.
When we slow down enough to listen, we’re surrounded by cries of desperation with painted on faces we pass every day. But do we notice? Or do we bypass people’s pain because we’re too busy dealing with our own situations?
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Over the last few months, I’ve poured myself into writing a brand new book. It’s been the best and hardest work of my life so far.
And while this new book might seem like a departure from my previous books, it’s not—it’s the foundation for everything I write, speak, and teach.
Alone Sucks tells the story of aloneness and untangles the many lies and messiness of life that have entrapped people for ages.
You can read the first section of the book right now. Signup for my free monthly newsletter and resource, It’s All About Relationships™, and I’ll send you the introduction immediately.
Loneliness is one of those rare ailments that defiantly objects to publicity. Bringing it into the light with honesty and unvarnished vulnerability is the first hammer-whack on its ceramic frailty. Through his own story of acute isolation, Tim Eldred names the squiggly things under the rock, carrying the hope of light into dark places.Mark Oestreicher
Partner, The Youth Cartel | Author of Hopecasting: Finding, Keeping and Sharing the Things Unseen
I was listening to an NPR news report this morning about the landing a spacecraft on a comet 317 million miles from Earth. The Rosetta probe dropped its payload named, Philae, on the 2.5 mile-wide mass, called 67P/C-G. But there’s a problem. Philae is stuck in a shadowy crater. Its solar panels are unable to absorb the light of the sun. Its battery is dying. So what happens next? And what can this situation teach youth workers?
As I considered the story, I was immediately struck with three thoughts worth considering for our ministry with youth. Take a few minutes to ponder these questions and consider their impact:
- Are young people able to absorb the light coming from our life?
- Are we intentional about taking time to recharge their batteries?
- Are youth exposed to dynamic adults or isolated in the shadows?
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