Waiting is just HARD! Perhaps you don’t have troubles waiting, but the rest of us do. Christmas waiting is the hardest.
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Some people have mastered being thankful. I know – because, when I was much younger, God gave me three mentors. They modeled thankfulness and exercised impeccable graciousness even when things weren’t going well. I’m not going to tell you who they are. But I will tell you that two of them – their names start with “M” and both end in “e.” And the third person rules a country – well, sort of!
Thanksgiving helps us remember the bountiful blessings we have. Thankfulness is a lovely quality that emulates God’s character. And since character forms the fiber of our very soul, it’s worth investing in the very best character possible. My mentors have given a wonderful example of what things to aim for. I want to share them with you.
Most of the time, you are able to distinguish between friend and foe. Sometimes, however, you aren’t so sure. It takes time to figure out people and relationships. So, give your relationships time. Be wise and exercise discernment as you explore the parameters that will define each situation. Meanwhile, however, you can genuinely care about each person in the same way God does. That means caring about their salvation, as well as their physical life.
Sooner or later, a person comes face to face with their weaknesses and limitations. If they don’t face them, they may be living in a fantasy world in attempts to survive. Or perhaps they have given in to deceptive compromises. Or they may have become hardened. None of these promote healthy living. There is one approach that really helps.
If you are a C.S. Lewis fan, you know he often talks about a certain magic in his children’s stories. It’s a very good magic – deep in meaning, inviting, safe, and hidden. It’s filled with wonder and hope. It’s the marvel of the land of Narnia.
If we were to gather up a list of what each person on the globe thinks is the very worst sin of all, we’d have a truly interesting document. The data might vary from culture to culture, but there would likely be some noteworthy trends. And some common worst sins.
Jesus loves you very much. Everything of value in life begins and ends here. God’s love gives your life purpose and hope. You can live inside His love. It’s that safe place where you flesh out details of daily living. In the heart of God, where you are loved and cherished, you have belonging. You are protected.
This morning, I was thinking about something I don’t often. Foundations. I suppose engineers think a lot more about them. Apparently, the right foundation is everything. From your home to your fence to your raised flower beds, your career, your relationships, your health, your inner heart. Actually, your entire life structure needs a solid foundation. Read More …
Do you know how it feels to be at your edge? Perhaps you have been living there for a long time. It’s scary to live at the edge of what you can manage, what you can cope with. Scripture gives advice, but – at first read, it feels a little unrealistic. When you read the progressive list from Rom. 5:3-5 (check it out), you instinctively know you can’t do that stuff in your own strength. It’s not normal.