I Should Be Engaged.

I want to be engaged this year. As of yesterday I’ve been on this earth for more than twenty-three years, and I think it’s about time for me to be engaged.

I’ve been asking people on my Home Team what one word they want to hold true for 2016, and when the question was finally reciprocated by my friend Sanford, I couldn’t come up with anything. I hadn’t found one that quite fit just yet.

I would  say seemingly meaningful words aloud to see if their meanings would hold any significance for what I want this next year to be.

I rustled up words like depth or rest or value and announced them to myself in the car or in the shower or on my walk to work. Nothing was clicking.

Until I drove to Joshua Tree yesterday morning, and that’s when a word so unexpected was whispered into the silence around me: engaged.

And I know it’s the right word for this next year because it scares me to say it aloud. I knew as soon as I heard it that it wasn’t my idea- I’d never ask for something so radical.

But as I sit in this snow-covered coffee shop on the side of Bear Mountain, that word keeps repeating itself in my mind to the point that I can feel it making itself at home and warming everything in me like the flat white in my coffee mug.

So for my twenty-fourth year of life I want to be engaged, but it’s probably not what you think.

I’m as single as a slice of American cheese right now. But when I say I want to be engaged, I don’t mean I’m looking for a fiancé.

I mean I want to be engaged in the sense that I’m mindful of the people and surroundings and culture and the spiritual warfare around me.

I want to establish meaningful connections with the person on the other side of my coffee mug or in the booth across from me at dinner or in the passenger seat of my car.

I want to lean in and connect with the stories being told. I want to actively console the sorrows being shared. I don’t want to go through conversations absentmindedly anymore.

Because after two decades of being distracted by tomorrow and by my phone and by what’s happening in my peripheral, it’s about time I was engaged fully in these moments.

I just finished A Hobbit A Wardrobe and A Great War by Joseph Loconte. It’s a book about J.R.R. Tolkien’s friendship with C.S. Lewis and how the events of WWI shaped their views on life, transformed their writing, and grew them together as best friends.

I came across a quote in one of the last chapters from Lewis about what true friendship is and he says,

You will not find the warrior, the poet, the philosopher or the Christian by staring into his eyes as if he were your mistress: better to fight beside him, read with him, argue with him, pray with him.

I don’t think we’ll ever be fully engaged in the lives of others by staring at them through Instagram or Snapchat or by stalking their musical tastes on Spotify (all of which I’m fully guilty).

I think engagement happens when we turn off our phones and laptops and TVs and fight beside the people we love and want to know more.

It happens when we sit together in the silence of reading or doing a puzzle together or in the gentle murmur of prayer for one another.

I want to be engaged with this planet in my next year of life. I’ve already explored some of the most incredible landscapes in the past few months of living in California, but it’s only one state and I have the world at my fingertips.

So do you.

But if we never take the time to stick up for ourselves, to ask our employers for time away to rest and leave our cubicles and occupy our bodies and minds with the waterfalls and mountains and deserts and cobblestone streets of this planet, are we really living?

I want to engage in other cultures and environments and languages in this next year. I want to encounter more new places and faces than sticking to the social norms would allow.

More than that, I want to engage in the invisible war that’s taking place over the souls of the people around me.

I want to be locked and loaded with an arsenal of grace and truth and boldness to bring the good news of hope into the lives that intersect mine.

I want to be fully aware of God’s presence in every moment and not as much like Jacob who woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place and I didn’t know it!”

John 1:10-11 says, “[Jesus] was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.”

I don’t want to be one of His own who is too busy or distracted or preoccupied to recognize his presence in every moment.

I heard a pastor once say, “The holiest moment in life is the one happening right now,” and I think he’s absolutely correct.

Because the enemy has quietly and viciously crept into this world and distracted us with empty connections and excuses of worrying about tomorrow.

C.S. Lewis portrays this in The Screwtape Letters. The antagonist Screwtape maliciously states,

The present is the point at which time touches eternity…It is far better to make [humans] live in the Future. Biological necessity makes all their passions point in that direction already, so that thought about the Future inflames hope and fear. Also, it is unknown to them, so that in making them think about it we make them think of unrealities.

If I want to be engaged in the holiest of moments, if I want to live fully aware of the battle taking place for the weary, helpless souls around me, tomorrow can (responsibly) worry about itself.

It’s a new year, I’m another year older, and I want nothing more than to be engaged.

Will you be engaged with me? Will you spend more time being present in the present and interacting with the current landscape and giving the enemy a good dose of his own fear as your heart and mind sync up with these points in time that touch eternity?

I think life looks better engaged, regardless of whether there’s a ring involved or not.

Because we have a God who’s engaged and none of us did anything to deserve his fullness in every moment.

Stop for just a second and hear Him gently whisper, “wake up to the life around you, my child. Awaken your senses to the people and places and my presence in this life, and I will wrap you up in light.”

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  1. Reblogged this on walkingwiththemaker and commented:
    This blog post does a wonderful job describing the distraction of marriage and how Satan uses it to distract us. It also so great because it is something I am struggling with now. Let’s leave relationships to God and let’s do the job we’ve been given.

  2. Oh my goodness I love every word of this. Thank you for sharing your heart and pushing us on. I love your word and all of the reasons behind it. This will help many (myself included) be more brave this year and I’m grateful. Happy engagement 🙂

  3. Corinne, this article has really inspired me to make engaged my word for 2016. Would you be willing to keep up a discussion about being engaged? I think that living out this word is a daily and personal struggle. However, I just want to see how practically you are planning to live this. How do you think living as engaged looks like in your day to day life, in your daily interactions with people? You said that you want to get off of social media, but what does that look like. I have Facebook and email, and my plan is to learn how to be less on Facebook and use my email more. Facebook is more seductive, and email functions just as well in communicating with people with out the seductiveness of Facebook. It’s great to finally have another young adult express what I feel about social media, and I’d love to hear what you think.

  4. Hi I enjoy the idea you pursue in this post, but perhaps you don’t go far enough? I would encourage you to engage with other spiritualities and religions as well! No need to forsake your own truth, but I think as you really engage with other’s truth you will grow and appreciate your own. You may say this is risky… but you’re secure enough!

    1. There is only one truth. Different versions of the truth are not truth at all.
      Webster’s definition of True:
      1)Agreeing with the facts: not false
      2)Real or genuine

      1. That is the confusing part about truth; truth is dependent on each person’s perception. One person’s truth could be different from another’s because each person is not alike. Truth could be perceived in many different ways. Old Engliah monks have said truth can only come from heaven, politicians say we create our own reality and therefore our own truth. Some take truth to be quite literal. I love how this author stuck to her own perception of truth, and of her God. It is too easy to be caught up in the truths and perceptions of others

    2. Interesting idea, but I don’t believe your assertion that engaging other’s truths will help you grow and appreciate your own. If you are secure in your own truth, and part of that truth is that you can never know the full matter even of your own truth since it is so rich, then engaging others “truths” may prove to be time wasted since that time could be used to plumb the depths of your own truth. This is especially reasonable since, as part of your truth, there really are no other truths, or better said, why have hamburger when you can have prime rib? Likely, part of the author’s own truth is that every truth, even those truths within the lies within other spiritualities and religions, are derived from the only one truth that there is.

    3. When someone is telling their story, it’s THEIR story. Did you really need correct her for falling short of where YOU think she should be engaged? Besides, when you engage with PEOPLE, which was her whole point, you ARE engaging with their world views, so she IS connecting on that level.

    4. I was thinking about her statement to engage in other cultures and later in the post there seemed to be a focus on sharing her faith. I hope she can engage and learn about others while sharing about herself without being dismissive. I’ve always felt that true belief has a healthy dose of doubt involved.

  5. I’m extremely grateful for your post. This has encouraged me at a very raw time I my life. Sometimes I wonder how God could be so engaged with me when there are millions or billions of other people on earth. But that’s just it he is engaged in my life and cares for me deeply. Thanks for caring so much to encourage us all with what God is teaching you. It has helped me to grow. Thanks

  6. As a 23 year-old male who is content with being single, I will not lie, when I first saw the post I thought it was a joke because some of the girls on my friends list shared it. I actually quite enjoyed what you wrote. It definitely was worth the read and pointed out some things I need to look at. Thanks for being obedient to God and sharing this with everyone. Keep up the work and be engaged in everything you do for the glory of God

  7. wow this is amazing! I’m so glad I got a chance to read this post that I just happened to stumble upon. I’ll be 23 next week, its the start of a new yr, and this is the kind of message God has been sending to me since 2016 has started and you just put into the perfect words!!! Thank you, this is beautiful!

  8. Dang girlfriend, I needed that!! Just got home from a wedding, while being very much single, so this was a much-appreciated change in perspective. There are more important things in life to be engaged with. After all, “seek first the kingdom of God”, not “live half-hearted and distracted and sometimes think about the kingdom of God”, haha. Thanks for this call to action 🙂

  9. I highly suggest you read the book “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. It discusses and expands upon everything you mentioned here, and it’s amazing! I promise it will change your life!

  10. You had my eyes rolling at first (in the most tender, loving, bless your heart kind of way). But then you totally flipped the script. Well done my friend, way to listen!

  11. Love the piece. I have just one question for you to ponder: WHY??? Is there one exceptional reason at this point you feel the need to be engaged ? Your only 24 (going to be) there is so much life ahead of you. My suggestion would be just to find someone who at this point the two of you could enjoy some things together. I think you might be surprised to see what happens a few years from now. Thinking will change, what you each want/desire will change and finally maturity will start to set in differently for both.

    I know by now you probably think I am a hater of marriage and I would have to say just the opposite. I think marriage is great when your 100% completely sure and ready. The thought of finding the one who you see yourself with forever is a beautiful thing. Please just take your time and don’t become a statistic like so many of us have. Remember like anything it takes work. Wishing you the best in your endeavors.

  12. thank you for sharing that while its not a new concept, you bring newness to it by means of your presentation. It really made me think. This was similar to my resolution last year (to make people in my life a priority), but I like the way you have fine tuned it. You are being specific and it demands accountability. Thank you and God Bless!

  13. This last week I’ve personally found myself trying to find a “resultion” of sorts for this year and haven’t been able to pin point anything solid. Your blog touched a nerve and has gotten me thinking and fired to do the same. You mention stalking on Facebook and Spotify which is literally what I was doing as I came upon this post. Thank you for sharing your realizations and determinations. I think its very appropriate and almost a necessity in today’s world filled with indifference and ignorance. Your spiritual ties also resonated with me although I am not Christian. I admire your ability to so greatly analyze the world around you and put it in writing. All the best with your goals this year, working one day at a time! 🙂

  14. Dear Corinne, thank you so much for this! These words have a golden tone and now this atmosphere of mindful peacefulness has spread all around me – it’s a very cozy feeling. You are such a kind and inspiring person! I am looking forward to reading how your engagement is going: in the end, it’s all about falling in love with life, isn’t it? 😉

  15. THIS IS SO GOOD. Thank you a million times over for sharing your thought on this topic, friend! As a fellow mid-twenties single girl who constantly quotes Jim Elliot’s, “Wherever you are, be all there,” this is just pure gold!

  16. When you zip through corners at 20, cruise control super fast through 30, slow down over the speed bumps and try to keep up with the flow of traffic through your 40’s, the pace at 50 really makes you feel codependent and insecure when you become overcautious. but too bad, now you have to look to at least get into the slower lanes. Whatever you do at 25 sets the pace for the following decades, just don’t get to 50 and look back regretting you didn’t “engage” in life the way God wanted you to. Contemplate the way you have in this article on a regular basis with guidance from great people like you have, with great classic authors as well as real live peple, especially older people who are rich in wisdom gained from experiences you may never have. re-read yourself, stay on course or check over your shoulder when you have to change lanes. Be warned all the engagements means a lot of drama a lot of love a lot of pain but that’s just part of life and human experience. Stay focused on why you’re being engaged – make it your life’s calling. Love like Jesus.

  17. What an amazing challenge to set for yourself. I for one know that it is all too easy to get lost in technology and other trappings and then wonder why our relationships with others are not flourishing or fulfilling. I accept your challenge for the new year….to be engaged with what is happening around me and what God is waiting to do through me.

  18. THIS IS SO GOOD! Thank you so much sharing your thoughts on this! As a fellow twenty-something single who constantly quotes Jim Elliot’s, “Wherever you are, be all there,” this is GOLD.

  19. This is so true, I find that as I sit in my car and watch the other cars pass that most of the passengers and some of the drivers are all on their phones. I see this in my daughter everyday, she won’t talk on the phone to her friends and they communicate via text or snap chat, even while sitting next to one another, they are so afraid of missing a text that they are truly not living life.
    I am guilty for being distracted at times, however most that know me know that I hardly ever do “Facebook” and friends and family get angry if I don’t respond to that form of communication, or when I don’t answer my phone. Usually I’m doing something with one of my girls that requires all or most of my attention. At times I have felt alone or left out of that other life , but I try to be mindful of my time and what is truly in front of me.
    Thank you for reminding us all of the presant moment, the gift of now.

  20. Very insightful! I myself have lately been trying to “engage” myself with the world and not to worry about settling down to a white picket fence. Glad to hear there are others in the same boat!

  21. Awesome post!

    One thing, Wormwood never actually says anything in “Letters,” the entire book is a collection of instructional letters TO him from his uncle Screwtape, an executive demon.

    1. The first thing I would be engaged in this year is to learn that there is no God in the sense of a mystical God that followes you and knows everything.

  22. I could not agree more! When we put down our phones and live in the moment fully present we truly make genuine memories! I love the way you think and I’m glad you incorporated God into this because He is the one we need to be the most present and engaged with and appreciate all moments!

  23. Corinne, I absolutely love this post. I found it because someone shared it on facebook. It was a friend’s mom and reading “i should be engaged” struck my interest. I of course was like what the heck, engaged that’s a big goal to set for a year… but as I was reading I was even more interested in how my mind automatically went to engaged to be married instead of engaged in our lives. Which one is more likely? Sometimes I feel like with all of the distractions it’s more likely that I could have a stranger propose marriage than spend an uninterrupted afternoon with someone engaged in conversation. Anyway, great post I’ll be following your blog I like your style of writing. I’m new to blog writing so I would love it if you could check out my blog and give me some constructive criticism 🙂 Best, Bee.

  24. Absolutely love this. Amazing read. Would love to become more engaging with you. I also love my coffe black, and never give up the opportunity for a good nap.

  25. This is a very beautiful truth. Life has become disconnected and although seemingly at our fingertips. Taking the moment to breathe in the current scenery and engage the feelings, scene, all the scenes we possess we begin to bring ourselves back to the MOMENT. My wish is to explore the world and every day with my own eyes, my scenes and my memories. I’d love to personally connect and toss around each of our experiences and wishes for the year. Although it is somewhat stepping from our goals it is experiencing life still and reaching to goals and connecting to those we may never have before!

  26. This is awesome! I was going to write a blog post on this. I’m a peace corps volunteer in Indonesia and I got rid of all my electronics so I can spend more time with people in my village. I fully support your 2016 goal to be engaged!

  27. Wonderfully written! This was so compelling to read, since my university semester starts tomorrow and especially after hearing a service about how God has chosen each and every one of us and is ready to use us in ways we cannot imagine. It is so important to step back and focus and engage in the present and see the glory before us.

  28. This was such a treat to read–especially because my brain is full of the *other* kind of engagement (yay everybody around me getting married!). Thank you for sharing, in such lovely prose, these reflections and convictions. I, too, hope to be so engaged this year!

  29. Thanks for this I think it’s so true and hope it inspires others to really be engaged. I recently wrote a post similar called “seeing the world as non facebookers”.

  30. As one who will enter her 40th year this year, I still found this wisdom a little foundation shaking…but fully embrace the lesson! Thank you!

  31. I really enjoyed your article! A very dear friend sent this to me and it’s perfect in every way. I want to be engaged to life and I work at it everyday 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  32. The title got my full attention it is such a beautiful concept and God was the in center which is the right of life.so am saying yes to be engaged in the present I will send more time being present in the present more time being present with and for God,family, friends,collogues and all the people around me.back to how it use to be in the begining back in Eden 🙂 God bless.

  33. Wow. That was powerful. As I read I thought about my blended family and the times when we are most engaged. It is when we are cooking dinner together or all working in the kitchen completing homework and leftover work from the day, or just relaxing at the table each with a coloring book. When we are cooking there is tons of chatter. The other times it is sporadic as something interesting hit us. We are going forward with a new home soon and creating that space for engagement is one of the most important aspects. It is certainly something that needs to be a part of the other aspects in our lives. As a society with everything at our tips, we are rather disconnected.

  34. What a great challenge and encouragement for the new year! I find that I settle into complacency in my relationships assuming that things will develop naturally but of course it’s the relationships in which I have intentionally invested that are so dear to me (and good for me).

  35. Great thoughts. One way I’ve tried to be more aware is to use social media as a prompt rather than an end. I have lots of friends that don’t live close, and social media is a great way to keep on touch, but I try to use the things I see there as a spring board for phone calls, private emails and letters. Engage with what they choose to share publicly and ask for more information and what I can do to help or be involved.
    The bit about leaving the cubical and spending time in nature seems out of place in the flow of the piece. You’re talking about spiritual realms, and then suddenly throw in a plug for nature walks and vacation time. I’m all for that, but in this context that doesn’t really do anything to support your main argument.
    Thanks for the piece; I enjoyed reading and pondering the questions you raise.

  36. this is a beautiful article. good job.
    A great recommendation to be engaged is to travel. to volunteer come to the middle east and lear narabic its fun, food is good and it’s not “dangerous” as the media wants to show it and heey it’s the holy land.

  37. Great post! I run my own blog called “But Why?” (www.natalieschriefer.wordpress.com) and in it, I discuss many of the same things – I’ve spent the past few years working on mindful living – living on purpose – and understanding why I think and believe the things that I do. It’s such an important thing, but unfortunately, it’s so easy not to do.

    Thanks for posting! 🙂

    1. That was such a great and timely read. Thank you! I will join you, and this was already a goal of mine. I was calling it “attentive”, but much prefer “engaged”!

  38. Wow! FANTASTIC
    You are a witty writer with depth that stirs deep in ones soul. Thank you for sharing! I want to be fully engaged! Please keep writing along your as you are able (while remaining engaged).

  39. This was beautifully written. I love the resolution you proposed and hope for this coming year that I too can be engaged in this manner. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  40. These are great thoughts. Thank you for sharing! My friends and I are in the same place. Wanting to be engaged in the world around us in ways we never have before!

  41. Such wonderful thoughts, and certainly relative to every Christian’s life. I know with every fiber of my being that God is all around us, but I also know that there have been times when I’ve failed to either see Him or be engaged with Him and His message. I’m praying for this new year to be full of opportunities for me to engage myself with the Lord and the spirit to actively seek such engagement every day. Thank you for writing this for me to read day, for God has certainly spoken to me through the words you’ve written. God bless, and prayers for your year to be full of engagement with the Lord and the life He brings as well!

  42. Beautiful writing. I certainly want to be engaged and am striving to teach this to my daughter, who’s eleven and at an impressionable age. I hate that we live in such a tangled world of media, games and electronics. Love the post, thanks for writing!

  43. Thank you for putting to words exactly what I’ve been feeling! So difficult to be aware and truly connected to the world around us when social media is so prevalent in today’s society. Deeper connections are so very needed 🙂

  44. Hi Corinne,

    My friend from NY shot me your blog and said that it “sounded like I wrote this”. I feel like she’s right! God is doing something in the heart of his people this year and it has to do with putting the distractions away and focusing in on Him, our eternal glory, refuge and lover. Thanks so much for being bold and taking the time to write this. I’d love to meet you some day! – Martay

  45. WOW!
    I am taking my life from this day forward and doing such, exactly as I’ve just read.
    Very much needed in our society. Very much needed in my personal lifetime as well.
    Thank You for Sharing.
    Sharing is Caring. I love it!
    It’s already been a Great Year starting out. Everyday is a Present from God.

  46. wow, these are the words that were hanging on the tip of my life tongue. Needed to hear this so badly. You are an excellent writer and you seep through the cracks and hit our hearts where we need it!

    thank you once again.

    ps. this is my written contract – I am officially a fan.

  47. Corrine,wow,what a time piece,you have a new subscriber,i love this piece and i want to be engaged too.What a true and raw writer.

    1. Dearest Sarah. So Ike you wnting to be engaged in the world and people around you. To want to help and share with others who need your comforting voice to help them overcome the sadness in their lives. To share your love and prayers for them. You are Truly one of Gods Blessed Children and He keeps you close in the Palm of His Hand. I love you so. Your Memere

  48. Reblogged this on Simply Me and commented:
    Taking time to fully engage yourself with others is necessary in this world where with the push of a button we can fall into a spiral of being connected to others solely through our devices and social media.

  49. Reblogged this on Succinct and commented:
    I love this. I think its something I should have done a long time without realizing. I’ll do whatever it takes to get “engaged” with my maker

  50. I love this! my favorite quote from it was when you said, “More than that, I want to engage in the invisible war that’s taking place over the souls of the people around me.” thank you for the reminder of what life is all about.

  51. I love this! So beautiful, and so meaningful. I want to be engaged this year too. All the best with your endeavours to be so, too!

  52. Reblogged this on reach for roots and commented:
    So good and I can totally relate. Wake up and do something more! We all have the power to do that. Not only are we all powerful enough to do that but God will help us in our mission to experience his creations. Learn of him and let him teach you!

  53. Thank you for sharing your heart. Perfectly timed at the beginning of a new year, when we tend to reflect on the past and look ahead. How easily I have let the moments pass by. Keep writing – I am inspired and challenged by every post!

  54. My 19 year old daughter shared this on fb. I’m 50 years old and this applies to me. Thank you for your well written, well thought out words of wisdom. I’m reading John Maxwell’s book Everyone Communicates Few Connect. Highly recommended reading.

  55. Reblogged this on jaypote and commented:
    Well written, simple inspiring nice read. I just stopped for a second to hear the gentle whisper. Surely one cannot be too distracted. I don’t to be so distracted I will forget me

  56. Funny I stumbled upon this blog post this week. Sunday’s church service was about embracing community [people and experiences around you], which gives you life – which literally makes you feel alive and allows you to live in the moment. I’m going to do a similar blog on the topic stemming from this sermon I heard, and I may just reference your blog too!! Being ‘engaged’ is probably the best goal you can have for 2016 <3 I'll be following in your footsteps. But, thanks for sharing…loving your style & your blog. <3 If you're interested, I write on somewhat of the same topics, if you want to check it out some time…no pressure 🙂 http://www.FindingMyBeautiful.com. Keep up the inspiration. <3

  57. God’s timing is amazing. Yesterday I decided to consider the list of others I pray for not as a list, but as individuals whom I deeply care about and honestly love. What started as meaningful prayer had lacked the conviction and love that makes one’s connection with God so real. When a friend emailed me this “engaged” blog, I realized that I was being softly reminded what true prayer for others is. Thank you.

  58. This was the word I needed desperately. As I’ve been searching for a way to disconnect from the constant “connection,” I came across this post that was so different from what I thought it might be but exactly what I needed. Thank you so much for sharing!

  59. An inspiration that has reminded me that no matter how far I stray or how disconnected I am from God, he never fails to connect back and bring me back to where i’m suppose to be. I Love this!! #PraiseGOD

  60. It’s exciting to be engaged. When I tried this in the past it only took about two days of not staring at a cell phone, laptop, or other distraction to realize how much more I was able to concentrate on God’s creations and on life in general. Without these hindrances we can focus on what truly matters.

  61. Your blog post on wanting to be “engaged” offers so much hope for those who have grown up so “disengaged” to the world around them and especially to the people even closest to them. I am encouraged by your post and comments. My prayer is that people will share this post and make being “engaged” their daily habit. We are not promised tomorrow, so we need to be fully “present” in today in order to be rewarded with being in His presence one day. Blessings to you and all who truly “hear with their heart” while reading your post. God Bless! <3

  62. This resonated deeply. Without willful action intentions only serve to caress the ego and produce nothing. Thanks for the reminder that the things that matter most in life must be sought out deliberately, with focus and passion. A life lived otherwise is adrift…

  63. Officially and truly inspired. Coming into 2016, I didn’t have any goals or resolutions because I don’t like making promises that I can’t keep, especially to myself. But this. This inspires me to find out what it is that I truly want to come out of this year, and to discover new and great appreciation for myself. Thank you.

  64. Your blog is absolutely beautiful and you write with such honesty and conviction, feeling very blessed to have come across it! This post really hits home, I know I get very caught up in the business of life and have a tendency to rush but I need to work on being present and engaging in the world around me, truly experiencing what every day has to offer. Thanks so much for writing this x

  65. What a fantastic read… I totally agree that we need to engage more and that’s where we find our peace… the calmness amongst the craziness. We hear the still, calm voice of God saying “this is the way…”. Thanks so much for this.. x

  66. Hey appreciate your words. Cracked me up, a friend of mine posted this and said it sounded just like me. Can appreciate your desire for depth and connection. Would be interested if you are a INFJ/ENFP. I jive with the quote – “It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for – and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool – for love – for your dreams – for the adventure of being alive.”
    Encouraged to see someone desiring to pursue meaning, depth, and God’s glory regardless of the personality type, of course.

      1. You are such a writer am so challenged, am going to make it my status plus this link, a friend of mine shared it and hough I don’t like following links, this must have been God, it was my new year’ resolution, am in Uganda, would love you to visit and let’s get engaged, there is a lot of things and ministry down here, lovely people who Re on fire, every time I do door to door I have seen people wanting love and needing it in all these place s and that is how the Lord has led me to share more on love and grow in it , thank you so much

  67. Reblogged this on Thoughts of Thankfulness and commented:
    This is beautiful and has so much more meaning each time I read it. Going to a christian college, a lot of people have so many expectations to meet “the one”. But guys, focus on something else! Focus on taking advantage of the wonderful friends and opportunities around you, not tying yourself down.

  68. Reblogged this on Ruth-in-Training and commented:
    Too good not to reblog! This resonates with my soul so very much. Especially this line: “I want to lean in and connect with the stories being told. I want to actively console the sorrows being shared. I don’t want to go through conversations absentmindedly anymore.” PREACH IT E. CORRINE, YOU PREACH IT!!! <3

  69. Thank you Landon for reminding me of what I already know, yet always seem to find a way to not do what I should always be doing.
    Engaging in every person around me & caring what happens to each and every one of them.
    My Cousin Dylan Douglas has already been making me think of things I hadn’t thought of in years! People like you and Dylan, make me want to be a better, kinder, more engaged person in this world. God Bless

  70. Engaged. What an awesome concept! Jesus shows us what this looks like through His encounters
    with people. God shows the value of engagement throughout scripture. I want to focus on this more.
    Thanks for sharing.

  71. Many live for the future,not realizing that the future is now. Being, to be engaged in the moment is your life! Fear, depression, anxiety disappear when life is engaged. What ever you do, envision, perceive, express in this moment is your life! Live, love, receive, give, exchange, there is no room for hate, anger, or self absorption. To be engaged in the present moment interacting whither humanitarian, scientific or environment, live, contribute, be life. Our energies go beyond present and are eternal!

  72. Reblogged this on Life Of A London Law Student and commented:
    As I set off for my 20s this resonates with me and it’s so true that you sometimes don’t realise how empty your engagement with others has become when you’re so used to relying on a digital connection. It’s convenient but nothing can beat a face to face chat and some coffee!

  73. I absolutely love this. It was definitely a wake up call. I’ll be helping out at a leadership conference in a couple weeks and was wondering if it would be okay for me to share this post? I think it could be very impactful for the students attending..


  74. Way to go! Engaging the world with practical down to earth world but inspired words. I love your wants …. to be engaged in the invisible war …. to be locked and loaded etc

    Solomon asked for wisdom and he got it. Am sure you will get grace, truth and boldness in overflowing measure.

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  77. I love your word, engaged. And this: “I want to be locked and loaded with an arsenal of grace and truth and boldness to bring the good news of hope into the lives that intersect mine.” Your thoughts as shared here give me hope for your generation and for the future.

  78. I was connected directly by the topic since I’ m on the process, really in the process Corinne of what you called “engaged” 🙂 very late commentary. Lol.

  79. I hear that one form of the gospel is “too passive.” Mind you, the second is too worldly. A third is a church “better than the sum of it’s parts,” a transcendent blend of Heaven and Earth.

    1. Beautiful and thank you for sharing! I am trying to keep my phone away when I am with people but it can be hard to engage with them when they won’t put their phones down too.

  80. Thank you for posting this! Interesting that this came to you in Joshua Tree. I was born and raised there and I found my marks in that park. It really has a profound effect on people.

  81. Very good article. As some, I jumped to the wrong conclusion and thought why would a young girl put t hat out there. (I’m 57) . How refreshing ! You will have a great year.

  82. Thought provoking. I beg to get technology for my students to have them “fit-in” but after reading this I think I will be tweaking my social skills class. Thanks you

    1. I really enjoy the way you write! At first, I really thought it was about being engaged but it was completely in another way. It made me realize how I should be engaged in others lives and how that should be one of my main focuses. (it once was)

      Reading your blog is very uplifting to the Spirit! Thank you for sharing your work and what on your heart. Keep going!

  83. Thanks for sharing. Lewis and Tolkien’s book sounds interesting. I might have to put it on my “to read” list. You also had me think about the one word I would use. I want to live. As you said, it is more than living despite cancer. It is about living joyfully, freely, and sharing the hope that is in me. love, Mrs. Morse, and I pray every day for you.

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