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The Great Big Power of Teeny Tiny Things by Anneliese Wahlman

The Great Big Power of Teeny Tiny Things

August 28, 2017 | Anneliese Wahlman

In 2005, a fresh-out-of-prison graffiti artist was asked to paint some murals in the office of a small startup in Palo Alto, California. As payment, the artist was offered thousands of dollars in cash or company stock. Eight and half minutes of searching Google will tell you that even though the artist thought the startup was stupid, he made a gamble and chose company stock. In 2012, when Facebook went public with their stocks, the artist’s shares were worth around $200 million.

It’s nice when things work out like that.

But that’s not usually the way it works. Whether you’re picking up produce at the store, beginning a new relationship, or buying stocks, there’s no guarantee that an investment will live up to your expectations. Sometimes you score big. Other times you cut open your farmer’s market avocados and find they’re the color of your toddler’s diarrhea.

Not cool.

The risk of failure makes it difficult to know how we should invest. As we grow older, we become a little …
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Anneliese Wahlman

Editorial Intern
Light Bearers

Convocation Report by Anneliese Wahlman

Convocation Report

August 3, 2017 | Anneliese Wahlman

There are certain times in life when it’s important to be committed, to not stop halfway. Like when you’re getting married or shaving your beard. Then there are other times when it’s important to have the freedom to change your mind, like when you’re about to jump out of an airplane at 10,000 feet.

Or choose a new convocation theme.

This year, for our 2017 Light Bearers Convocation, we were planning to study through the Minor Prophets. However, partway through our preparation, we realized that 2017 marks the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which just so happens to be one of the most significant upheavals in history. Due to the magnitude of this event, it occurred to us that it might be a good idea to change our minds.

So we did.

The Spirit led us to set aside the works of the prophets in exchange for protesters, and in the process, we discovered a gold mine of living truth for today.

…grace and faith for salvation come from …
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Anneliese Wahlman

Editorial Intern
Light Bearers

God, Weed, and Greg: An ARISE Story by Anneliese Wahlman

God, Weed, and Greg: An ARISE Story

April 12, 2017 | Anneliese Wahlman

It’s the middle of August, 2015. Greg Fisher steps onto a Greyhound bus, takes a big whiff of recycled oxygen, and quickly scopes out his seating options. The plastic armrests feel like they’ve been painted with popsicle juice and the air is thick, but there’s a part of him that still feels cold inside. Cold and lonely, even in this dead heat. That’s the ironic thing about the city. You’re always surrounded by people, but never with anyone. But it doesn’t matter now. He has a one-way ticket to take him across the country, far away from Philadelphia.

He walks down the bus aisle, looking for the best place to sit.

He knows everyone gets a dose of suffering in life, but it feels like he hit the jackpot. Growing up in the suburbs of Philly, he spent most of his time playing outside so he wouldn’t be forced to watch his parents fight, which they were known for around the neighborhood. His dad smoked and drank heavily and abused …
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Anneliese Wahlman

Editorial Intern
Light Bearers

The Lost Art of Evangelism by Anneliese Wahlman

The Lost Art of Evangelism

February 23, 2017 | Anneliese Wahlman

What I Take from the Compost Bucket

I’m one of those people who can eat whatever is on my plate even if it looks like it was scraped from the bottom of the compost bucket, and I’ll still enjoy it—as long as it tastes good. I figure it’s only going to look worse in my stomach. Though odd, this trait is a perfect example of one of the greatest truisms of life: it’s what’s on the inside that counts. This is a basic principle we all intuitively know to be true. What’s a box of chocolate without any chocolate inside? Who wants a Valentine’s card that has no mushy sweet-nothings written in it? What’s a Christmas package if it doesn’t contain an ugly sweater that makes you look like a weirdo? Computers matter because of what’s on the hard drive. Houses are important because of those who gather in them. You marry a person not just because of the way he or she looks, but because of the heart and …
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Anneliese Wahlman

Editorial Intern
Light Bearers

A Reality Check for Valentine's Day by Anneliese Wahlman

A Reality Check for Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2017 | Anneliese Wahlman

His eyes were blue, like an October sky. His hair was the color of sand off the beach, the kind you put in a bottle and take home for memories. I won’t mention his name, but it rhymes with schmichael. When he and I talked, I literally felt something I’d never felt with any other guy before in my life. Unfortunately, it wasn’t reciprocated. I found out he was in love with one of my close girlfriends. Schmichael and I stayed friends for a little while, but eventually we parted ways and I never told him how I felt.

If you’re alive and breathing, you know that love brings with it pain. Especially if you’re twelve and in a Pathfinder Club.

And as laughable as that first “love” can be, it doesn’t get much easier with age. You ask a girl out and she says no. The guy you like doesn’t even know you exist. Sometimes spouses are unfaithful. Marriages grow cold and hollow. Even in faithful relationships, life is …
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Anneliese Wahlman

Editorial Intern
Light Bearers

God in the Hood by Anneliese Wahlman

God in the Hood

December 21, 2016 | Anneliese Wahlman

Have you ever had one of those Christmases where your entire pajama-clad family is gathered together, the tree is wrapped in lights that shine à la star of Bethlehem, and mugs are filled with hot chocolate and freckled with marshmallows? You know the kind of thing I’m talking about, where the snow is falling silently and you light candles with names like “Burning Christmas Tree Deluxe” to give the illusion that you live in a cabin in the woods instead of a cookie-cutter condo in suburbia? All the brown paper packages are tied up with string and lovingly laid under the tree, and your whole clan is singing carols together around the piano while you unitedly promote a wholesome sense of Pinterest-inspired Christmas joy?

Yeah, me neither.

I’m part of a generation that likes to create false realities on social media; we like to make our lives appear just as glamorous and magical as what we see on TV. And during the holidays, this lust for a movie-scripted life and …
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Anneliese Wahlman

Editorial Intern
Light Bearers

God in His Underwear by Anneliese Wahlman

God in His Underwear

November 13, 2016 | Anneliese Wahlman

When I tell people how many siblings I have, their eyes usually grow to unflattering proportions and they say something like, “Wow. That’s a lot of kids.”

You don’t say.

None of us is adopted and no, we’re not catholic. My mom just always dreamed of a having a big, beautiful (and slightly chaotic) mess of kids for her own. And seven children did that job perfectly.

One of the luxuries of having so many children is that there’s never a short of comic relief. Who needs Cheaper by the Dozen or The Brady Bunch when you have your own tribe to entertain you? For example, when one of my brothers was old enough to learn to dress himself but still young enough to need coaching, my mom began reminding him every day to put on a clean pair of underwear. She thought this plan was working well and her young man was sprouting wings of independence, till she noticed that his backside was growing and beginning to resemble a …
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Anneliese Wahlman

Editorial Intern
Light Bearers