We're an "instant gratification" generation, but the trouble is, most change happens gradually. Most of us spend our lives searching and longing for something more than what is in front of us. Whether it's traveling abroad or chasing...
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We're an "instant gratification" generation, but the trouble is, most change happens gradually.
Most of us spend our lives searching and longing for something more than what is in front of us. Whether it's traveling abroad or chasing cheap (or expensive) thrills, we're all looking for medicine to satisfy our restlessness. And, so often, we're looking in the wrong place.
The In-Between is a call to accept the importance that waiting plays in our lives. Can we embrace the extraordinary nature of the ordinary and enjoy the daily mundane-what lies in between the "major" moments?
Moments of breakthrough are not where life's greatest transformation happens; the stuff that God uses to shape us often lies in the in-between. It's the bus stops and layovers and DMV lines and moments of unintentional pause that force us to become better people.
That's not to say there aren't moments of epiphany. There are. It's just that most of us find ourselves living somewhere in the in-between. Learning to live in this tension, to be content in these moments of waiting, may be our greatest struggle-and our greatest opportunity to grow.
JEFF GOINS Originally from Chicago, IL, Jeff graduated from Illinois College with a degree in Spanish and Religion. Immediately after graduating, he spent a year traveling with a music ministry, playing concerts in churches, schools, and prisons for a year. In 2006, he moved to Nashville, where he now lives with his wife and dog. Jeff works for Adventures in Missions, a short-term missions agency. You can visit him online at www.goinswriter.com.
- <div><p>introduction: Living In Between The Panels</p><p><i>part One: Anticipation<br></i>chapter 1: Sidewalks And Siestas: Searching For A Breakthrough<br>chapter 2: Football Fields: A Lesson In Commitment<br>chapter 3: Plans: The Road To Parenthood</p><p><i>part Two: Interludes<br></i>chapter 4: Airports: What Happens During Delays<br>chapter 5: On The Road: Growing Comfortable In My Own Skin<br>chapter 6: Trains: Going Home For The Holidays<i></i></p><p><i>part Three: The Long Wait<br></i>chapter 7: Bookshelves: Where Old Stories End And New Ones Begin<br>chapter 8: Ice Cream: Enjoying The Moments We Have Left<br>chapter 9: Spelling Bee: Waiting For A Calling</p><p>conclusion</p></div>