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In Memory of Adrian

I just attended the track-side balloon service for Adrian Mendes. It was so moving to see youth after youth after youth step up and honor Adrian’s life with words and memories and prayer. You’d be hard pressed to find a more diverse prayer service to go to this month. Young and old, black and white, athletes and artists were all mourning the loss of this young man, and it left me with a message pounding through my head as tears welled up in my eyes…

You are not alone. Period. Exclamation point.

There is someone in your life that thinks you are the most encouraging part of their day. There is someone in your life who looks forward to the weekend, because you will be part of it. There is someone in your life who admires who you are and what you do, even if it’s from a distance. There is someone in your life who cannot wait to see where God will lead you, because they know you are capable of such amazing things.

You are not alone. Period. Exclamation point.

Most of us, especially us adults, suck at letting you know how much we care, but I promise that we do. So if you are struggling with anything, then PLEASE find a friend, a teacher, a coach, a parent, a guidance counselor, a priest, a therapist, a neighbor, or anybody else who cares. Whatever your struggle, we’ll get through this together. Because…


You are not alone. Period. Exclamation point.