The past year has been challenging for all of us, in one way or another. Whether it’s COVID-19, inflation, job stress, health issues, or a myriad of other concerns, without the hope of being in relationship to God, we are easily overwhelmed.
When you make a decision to follow Jesus, the line between being a “good human” and being a people pleaser becomes a little harder to differentiate.
Have you been hurt deeply by someone else? I would venture to say that is almost cost-of-entry for humanity. We are all broken, and we have all hurt someone or been hurt by someone in our lives.
I’m learning a great exercise in humility is seeing myself exclusively as the villain…the one with the evil, prideful heart. One reason this exercise proves to be so effective is that it’s true, and it keeps me coming back to Calvary.
Are you in control? We sure do try. You might organize your day planner, clean a closet or take charge of something you’ve been wishy washy on. But what if the best thing you could do for you was to let go, and let God?
It’s happened to all of us. Someone did us wrong!
When somebody wrongs us, either by accident or on purpose, it can be extremely hard to get over it. In fact, we may never be able to reconcile with the wrongdoer. That said, forgiveness is essential and it gives us a chance to heal and become a better person. Don’t get me wrong. Forgiving doesn’t mean that you’re excusing what someone or a collection of people did. It especially doesn’t mean that you can’t still have feelings about what happened.
Dry spells are moments when we doubt God’s presence in our lives. We may cognitively know that God is always near, but we struggle to truly feel His presence.
A few years ago, we gathered a team together that was going to Brazil on a missions trip. Our church supports missionaries there and we wanted to visit and serve in the community we have been supporting for decades. As God seems to do often, He blessed us with life lessons far beyond our expectations.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life that I forget to take a moment and ask, “Is this adding to my life or taking away? Is this bringing me closer to God or further?”
A prisoner leans forward to get his face in direct line with the few angled beams of sunshine that make it past the bars and shadows of a tiny cell block window, to feel the warmth and glow and pure joy that such a simple thing can bring.