Sunday, February 8, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Far too often I find myself settling for temporary and superficial pleasure rather than holding out for deep and lasting joy.
For instance, sometimes I sleep through my appointed quiet time in the morning It feels great...until later in the day when I have a real crappy attitude. It happens without fail. So even though sleeping in will seem like the most comfortable option, I know that it's not worth it.
It will be a constant fight until the day I die (because who doesn't like to sleep in), but it's worth it.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I was thinking about new birth and regeneration and what that moment looks like. I decided that it can not be a gradual shift. If we are to believe in the God of the bible (and we are) then He is so amazingly magnificent that the moment you clear your eyes and see any part of His Glory you are shaken to your core. You realize the power of God and the depth of His mercy, and a lifetime spent for Him becomes not an inconvenience but a joy. You don't understand who God is then walk away and think about what that means; You understand and are instantly and completely changed forever.
It's like the opposite of Jenga. The whole point of Jenga is to remove one piece at a time slowly working until someone removes a piece that was necessary to keep the whole thing standing and it topples and falls in on itself. If we are to give our lives over to God (and we are) He doesn't want small parts of your life one at a time until you feel comfortable giving another part all the while holding on to the rest of the stack thinking that we have it under control. Instead, find out what your bottom level Jenga blocks are and remove them.
The sooner the better, I promise.