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3 weekend stories you may have missed

A United Airlines jet blows snow on a runway at O'Hare International Airport, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. More than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago's airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
A United Airlines jet blows snow on a runway at O'Hare International Airport, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. More than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago's airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nam Y. Huh, AP

Had a busy weekend and couldn't catch the news? Here are three national stories you and your family may find interesting.

Things that hold us back from serving others — Relevant magazine

Marney McNall of Relevant magazine wrote this weekend that people shouldn’t let small issues get in the way of helping others. She said some believers often wait for the perfect conditions before they give to someone else. But, in truth, God is always looking for you to help others, she wrote.

“Fear of the unknown can prevent us from following God’s promptings to serve and fully accept all that he has for us,” McNall wrote. “Be bold. Try. Remember, rather than call the equipped, God seems to like to equip the called. Give him the chance.”

Dear people without children — don’t worry, you understand what love is, too — Quartz

In a letter addressed to people without children, Aubrey Hirsch of Quartz said children show people how to love in different ways, but you can still learn to love without them. Though she highlighted the benefits of having children, she wrote the lessons you learn from rearing children can be learned in other ways.

“I’m hoping you feel the same way,” Hirsch wrote. “And I hope you don’t really need me to tell you that the love you’re experiencing as a childfree person is real and significant and big. I hope you won’t let any of those rogue, self-righteous parents drag you into competing in the love Olympics.”

Why I always make time for my mom — The Washington Post

Columnist Lonnae O’Neal of The Washington Post wrote this weekend that it’s important to make time for your parents when they’re in need. She said she’s always talking to her mom and making time for her family because she knows that one day her mom will pass away, and she doesn’t want to regret the time she spent with her mother.

“I’ve decided I won’t only rhapsodize about what my mother meant to me when she is no longer here, I will make daily decisions about five- and 10- and 15-minute increments of time, while she is,” O’Neal wrote, “because there will never be anyone like her in my life again. Because I know so many people who would give all the world to have five more minutes with their mom.”

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