5.24.2017

Why I Don't Go to School Just to Absorb Knowledge


“School is one thing. Education is another. The two don’t always overlap. Whether you’re in school or not, it’s always your job to get yourself an education.”
Austin Kleon

     It's the end of the school year. I, for one, have already finished— graduated high school, actually. This time of year, the apathy truly starts to set in. We don't care about being here; we just want to return home with a decent grade after a not-too-trying day. I understand that feeling.

     But what I really don't understand is the people who never try. The people who just want to barely pass. Or the ones who are so obsessed with knowledge in its rawest form that that's all they show up for.

     School is an interesting place. We're there to get an education.

     But my thesis today is this: We are not just in school for an education but to leave a lasting effect on others' lives.

5.22.2017

This is How We Learn


Dear one, let go of this bitterness, this anger.
It's not you.
I want you to live freely
And forgive her...

     Read my post on Burning Youth here!

~Madeline

4.28.2017

The One for the Hard Days


     This one's for the hard days, the Mondays, the can't-face-it days. Life tumbles around and throws the unexpected, and we collapse in our weaknesses.

     For we are weak. All of us. We can't conquer these days on our own, and we'll fail miserably if we try.

     And yet...


     Read the full post on Burning Youth here!

~Madeline

4.27.2017

Goodbye, High School


Goodbye, high school.

Farewell, freshman year,
With all your excitements and pride.
You were the year of finding true friends
And unintentionally making a few enemies.

Everyone pretends to hate freshmen,
But we knew they loved us deep down.
I moved a lot freshman year
And learned a lot too.

Farewell, sophomore year,
You grand irrelevance.
The year I grew through the pain
And the one I thought I was mature in.

4.24.2017

Fully Alive, Fully You


     "You do you" is my common whisper to myself. Be you bravely. Be the best, truest version of yourself. Be who God is creating in you.

     You are beautiful. You are seen, known, and loved. You are mature & maturing. You are unlocking more and more of the beautiful deep places that have always been there within you.

     Fully alive, fully you.

     Read the full post on Burning Youth here!

~Madeline

4.16.2017

He Is Risen!


"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." ~2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV

     Happy Easter! May we never forget our Savior: His death which paid our debt and His glorious resurrection which gave us life!

~Madeline

4.05.2017

The Gift of Life


     Do you ever find that your words have more power than you dreamed? And others' words pierce your very soul in beautiful ways?

     If so, then you know that the gift of words is the gift of life.

     Read my post on Burning Youth here!

~Madeline