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Many millennials have grown up in a world brimming with choices. Strawberry or cookie dough Pop-Tarts? Drama Club or the soccer team? College or trade school? In all these choices, we’ve discovered that sometimes there really was a better option out there, and we missed out—cookie dough Pop-Tarts really were more sugary and flavorfully fantastic! This only reinforced in us what we now call FOMO, fear of missing out.

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I was 12 years old, standing in a public park, watching a Christian hip-hop group, Truce, perform. Three songs, a testimony, and a call to faith. That’s the format in which I first heard the gospel. Since that day, music has been deeply a part of my discipleship. I would identify myself as a musichead.

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I’ll never forget that first time, as a college student, leaving the comfort of Mills Hall corner to walk around the Indiana State University (ISU) campus an

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A close friend that I consider family has been married for the last 40 years. She has three children who are married to godly spouses and 8 grandchildren. They gather regularly for family dinners and do powerful ministry together. I’ve prayed diligently for a husband, never got married, and have lived with over 100 different housemates. Though my friend and I are about the same age, our lives are very different.

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I love seeing people say yes to Jesus. It's the reason I decided to come on staff with InterVarsity. I have a heart for creating opportunities for not-yet Christians to explore who God is, and consider making decisions to follow Jesus.

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It’s hard to stand out these days.

We live in a competitive world where yesterday’s records are today’s baselines, where the Internet—social media, in particular—puts the American dream on steroids, and where, for many, anonymity is worse than failure. We’re pressured to do more, be different, and make a name for ourselves.

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“I just want you to talk to me about it. I want us to talk about what it will mean and how we will make it work. I want us to talk like we’re going to figure it out together. I want us to talk . . . because I like the sound of your voice.” —Danny to C.J. in The West Wing

Jennifer Huerta-Ball, Divisional Director of Greater Los Angeles in InterVarsity, used this clip from The West Wing in her final exhortation to us after a two-year battle with cancer.

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I love Epiphany. 

At our home we celebrate Epiphany right after dinner on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany in liturgical traditions. We turn off every light in our apartment. Then we recite the words from John 1, “What has come into being in him was life and the life was the light of all people.” Then we light a candle and go room-to-room inviting the light of Christ to fill every space in our apartment. We chalk our door with a blessing. We sprinkle holy water everywhere. And we sing “Joy to the World” as enthusiastically as the four of us can manage. 

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Over this next year, InterVarsity staff are intentionally practicing Sabbath together in ways that fit our unique roles, passions, ages, and stages. We’ll offer testimonies from current and former staff that help us all reenvision how we can engage in this important practice with joy and intention. Today’s post is by Diana Collymore, a missions mobilizer and strategist in our Missions Department whose church backgrounds include Plymouth Brethren, charismatic inter-denominational, United Methodist, and non-denominational urban.

 

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