Happy Friday! We are back safe and sound from Uganda. What a trip – to see how 9 young men (ranging in age from 22 – 27) are meeting new people every week and engaging them in building a community that invests in the community. “We want to be like West Church Lake Norman, we want to be about charity and love.” It is a beautiful thing.

This Sunday, we are going to finish our message series “I’m Fine!” We say we are fine when really, we are anything but fine.

Why do we do that?

Why do we even try to be fine when we aren’t?

Unfortunately, it just isn’t that easy to reframe our perspective.

We live in a time where “Cancel Culture” is a thing.

Cancel culture, or call-out culture, refers to a form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles – whether online, on social media, or in person. Those subject to this ostracism are said to have been “canceled.”

We might want cancel culture to be real, but truthfully some things can’t be canceled out. Certainly, we should always seek to eliminate injustice, prejudice, and other forms of social injustice.

Yet perhaps our burnout and exhaustion also come from trying to cancel things when they can never be canceled!

Some things can co-exist.

Sorrow and Joy

Grief and Delight

Laughter and Despair