Giving up more than chocolate for Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, when Christians focus on Jesus’ sacrifice through prayer, fasting, and giving. World Vision's Katie Swift reflects on taking a "Life Audit" -- part of our Live Life campaign for youth and college students around the world.

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    What makes a full life?

    James Pedrick, global youth engagement manager for World Vision, discusses Live Life -- a six-week campaign for youth and university/college students around the world to experience Easter and Lent in a new way.

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      National Day of Prayer: Pray to end the West Africa hunger crisis

      Today is National Day of Prayer, a chance for Christians across the United States to come together around the belief that we serve a God who hears us when we pray.

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        Give yourselves fully

        I always enjoy Easter for its atmosphere of wonderful, joyous celebration.

        While Christmas might be described as special, Easter is triumphant. We celebrate the astounding miracle of a man, the Son of God, risen from the grave. But like a parade after any victory, Easter’s celebration is more than the festivity following an unexpected triumph.

        We also celebrate what Jesus’ victory over death has freed us to do: to work for the kingdom of God.

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          What's "good" about Good Friday?

          Visualize this: It’s 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem. A crowd of Roman soldiers and community members gather around three crosses. You see Jesus, bloodied to a pulp, crucified. You smell impending death and hear a mixture of cheers, jeers, and sobbing.

          All you want to do is run away so you can curl up in your own bed, desperate for any ounce of comfort and familiarity. But you don’t. Paralyzed, you stand and stare and hear and smell and feel.

          So, what’s good about Good Friday?

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            Pray for West Africa

            We believe prayer is foundational to our work. It sensitizes us to the needs around us and acknowledges God’s provision and help in all we do. Join us in prayer for the needs of children and families in West Africa impacted by the deepening drought and food crisis.

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              Why my Grandma may be wrong: Living a life of sacrifice

              "Sacrifice" is a funny little word. It conjures up images of pain, hurt, and unfinished to-do lists. This word especially takes on a warped meaning when combined with the word “Lent.”

              Growing up, Lent was always a little bit of a joke. We teased each other for the excuses we all made for giving into the things we had given up.

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                "Be a person who is love"

                Have you ever met someone who just radiates the love, light, and peace of God?

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                  The power of one person's obedience

                  I am continually astounded by the power of individual people to make a difference.

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                    Mission above mammon: Charting a course for success

                    As the president of World Vision U.S. and the former CEO of two for-profit corporations, I have spent all of my professional life trying to manage organizations to achieve success. Every organization, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, must have a successful financial model to succeed, but long-term success doesn’t come from just managing numbers. The most successful organizations are mission-driven.

                    In Christian organizations, this truth may be even more compelling.

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