Are You an Extrovert or Introvert? Or Maybe That’s the Wrong Question

Gina Butz identity 3 Comments

My 2nd-grade report card tells me I was a friendly, socially active child, but it contains one criticism, “Gina needs to learn to not talk to peers during quiet times.” I was, in the beginning, an extrovert. And so I believed for many years. After all, I am a verbal processor. I love talking. Public speaking is my jam. The bigger …

You Are More Than a Number

Gina Butz grace, identity, loved 2 Comments

Sometimes a number becomes too important. In college, I was on track to graduate Summa Cum Laude. I only needed a 3.8. Unfortunately, I attended a university that factored minuses and pluses in the grades, rather than straight letters. I had no pluses-only some A-‘s. Those were enough to make me graduate with a 3.79 repeating. They didn’t round up. …

You Are Loved

Gina Butz identity, loved 0 Comments

How was everyone’s Valentine’s Day? Mine was less than stellar. In the morning I woke up feeling off, and by afternoon I had a fever, aches, a head that felt like it might explode, and what sounded like a case of tuberculosis. All this added up to me as the lamest Valentine’s date ever. We spent the evening eating Tijuana …

Faith Like a Child

Gina Butz dependence on God, faith 2 Comments

I’ll never forget asking our friend’s four year old son to make a wish before blowing out the candles on his birthday cake. Without hesitating, he took a deep breath and said, “I wish I could fly!” Kids. They ask audaciously. They’re aware of their wants and needs and not afraid to express them. They’re helpless and weak and innocent and foolish …