Last night I came across a synchroblog with this prompt: You may be young, but you have something worth saying. What is it?

So here’s what I have to say:

Life is beautiful. In a world of sunsets and back roads and skyscrapers and movies and fireflies, how can anyone have time to be bored? We forget, and we live as if an 8 to 5 cubicle existence is all we can ask for. Too many of us are weary and disillusioned, when all around us the most shocking and wonderful things happen. Why is this? How can so many, even the young, feel that life is simply something to be endured? What’s gone wrong with our souls?

This is a grim state, especially when it affects the Church. We, the redeemed, have been caught up in the Epic of epics. We’ve been transformed and brought from death to life, which sounds an awful lot like a fairy tale to me. Our entire faith centers on wonderful impossibilities and surprises. And yet, not only are we bored, we are very often boring. What a waste, what an affront to the One who created mountains and stars.

So I say no. I refuse to be bored and sleepy.

I will live in a constant state of wonder.
I will embrace creativity, read incredible books, go to art museums, and listen to off-beat music.
I will chase fireflies.
I will believe Narnia could be behind any door.
I will cry in church.
I will take long walks and drink in the sunset, then lay on my back to stare at stars.
I will pretend I’m a space pilot when I’m driving down the interstate at night.
I will write poetry.
I will roll my windows down and take the back way.
I will never stop learning.
I will take notice of people, in all their quirky amazingness.
I will love as fully as I know how.
I will not serve the daily grind.
I will never cease to be swept away by the crispness and color of autumn.
I will savor good food and good company.
I will expect surprises
I will always be amazed by grace.
I will take Jesus up on his offer of abundant life, even when things aren’t going my way.
I will accept his invitation to be a participant in redemption.
I will remember life is magical.
And I will be grateful I’m alive.


  1. Anthony - August 10, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    I have one request of you…
    Never stop writing.
    That is all.

    • Erin - August 10, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

      Anthony, thank you for this. Request granted :-)

  2. Elisabeth Lind - August 10, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    Beautifully profound. As Always. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Preston - August 10, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    That’s the fight, isn’t it? To keep the wonder alive.

    Thanks for linking up!

    • Erin - August 10, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

      Thanks for a great idea! Can’t wait to see what others have to say.

  4. Kelcie - August 10, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    Wow wow wow. I can’t help but feel like you just fleshed out (beautifully and movingly) what I touched on in my blog like FIVE SECONDS AGO.

    Miss you. :)

    • Erin - August 10, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

      Former-roommate intuition.

      Miss you more!

  5. Bek - August 11, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    You disgust me.

  6. Lisa - August 11, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    Your message was just affirmed to me in a wonderful way… A young boy tearing through our yard on a small four-wheeler wearing a breastplate and red-plumed gladiator helmet.

    I will continue to share the joy of fellow Dreamers. :)

    • Erin - August 12, 2012 @ 12:48 pm


  7. amy - August 14, 2012 @ 4:40 am

    these being among the many reasons why i love you.

  8. Megan - August 19, 2012 @ 6:09 am

    ERIN! You are God’s gift to me! I love you! and your writing!

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