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I enjoy and appreciate things that make me think. I don’t always come to a concrete conclusion right away, but I do enjoy the challenge of trying to come to an agreement (or disagreement) with things I have heard or read. Nothing causes quite so much controversy as Bible passages, political promises, or childrearing advice.

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I have been pondering the idea of how to write this column for quite some time now, but like all writers and artists, I suppose I harbored a fear of being misunderstood or even questioned by some of the church folks. I was not reared in a Christian household and my parents did not attend any church except for the occasional wedding or funeral that required family attendance, but I am happy to tell you that God uses whom He will and that earthly standards are not necessarily the top line of criteria.

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As we all rushed around getting ready for family visits, good home cooked food, the buying and exchanging of sought-after gifts, and travel to celebrate Christmas with those we love the most, how many of us became worn out, tired, physically ill, and sometimes blue? For some, it seemed that we just could not get everything we wanted to do accomplished within the tight deadlines, or that we did not have the money we wanted to spend, or we could not get home at all. As I observed and visited with those I love the most, I saw some tired faces, concern about finances and sadness.

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In my last column, we began the discussion of “hollow heroes,” and I am fairly certain each of our readers could get a visual image of someone they know and love that seemed to fit the category. They go on with life, but it is a struggle because they come from such a hollow place in the heart and mind. I think of it as “simply going through the motions of life,” rather than living it abundantly. Perhaps you thought of your own life and wondered just how hollow you really are.

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It always amazes me to find that when God puts a topic on my heart and mind, and I give consideration to write what I am learning, material and ideas flow from every side. It is similar to when we choose and buy a new automobile — we tend to see them everywhere we go and most often when we are not intentionally looking for them.

I had been giving thought to the idea of the masses of “hollow heroes” we have all around us in today’s day and age, and lo and behold, three different writings or thoughts made their way to my inbox or my ear.

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