Better Days…

This could not be a more relevant series for people these days.

I’m very excited for this series.

What are your thoughts?

Love…

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. ~Ephesians 3:17-19

I have been thinking about love a lot lately. I am engaged and getting married and am very much in love. But I can’t help but notice how overwhelmingly present the love of God is in my life! His love is amazing. We are so loved. To think about how good it feels to be loved by another human, and then think about how much more Christ loves me is overwhelming. It’s indescribable really.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
~Aristotle

I’m so blessed to be where I am in my life right now. Even though this is the busiest and most demanding season of my life yet, I can’t help but appreciate all that is happening around me.

I am loved.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
~Romans 5:8 

Today, just think about how loved you are. Realize that no matter how bleak your situation may be today, or whether or not you actually feel like you are loved…the truth is that you are. Christ loves you more than you could even comprehend. And his love is eternally at capacity; meaning he could not love you any more or any less than he does right at this very moment! That’s a neat thought. Even though we fail him, mock, and betray him, he loves us. Forever he loves us.

Think about how loved you really are today.

 

It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If You Could Change One Thing…

Alright, I have one simple question for you today:

If you could change one thing, what would it be?

This change could be about your appearance, it could be about your wedding decorations, it could be about the car you last bought, it could be the structure of a government…anything. What would you change?
 
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Whimsical Wednesday…

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Grace vs. Effort…

“Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action. Grace, you know, does not just have to do with forgiveness of sins alone.” Dallas Willard

Grace is quite an amazing thing. It is something that I still don’t fully understand. God’s grace is everything. It is simply enough.

No matter what you do or what you have done, God will never love you less than He does right in this moment…pretty cool thought.

His grace is enough.

The Elephant Room…

I can’t wait for this…

 

Now Is The Time…

I came across this quote the other day and I could not help but agree.

“The world can no longer be left to mere diplomats, politicians, and business leaders. They have done the best they could, no doubt. But this is an age for spiritual heroes- a time for men and women to be heroic in their faith and in spiritual character and power. The greatest danger to the Christian church today is that of pitching its message too low.” - Dallas Willard

I agree…I think that the greatest agent for change is through the church.

This is our time to rise up with the power of the gospel. With the living power of Christ within us, and change this world.

It’s time to dream the biggest.

pray the impossible.

and believe the incomprehensible.

Now is the time.

Thank You Steve Jobs…

What’s Your Favorite Thing To Do?

Answer me this one question on this most whimsical of Wednesdays:

What is absolutely your most favorite thing to do in the entire world?

Basically if you could do one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?

In other words, what is it that simply brings you the most joy, fulfillment, pleasure, etc?

Go!

Train, Don’t Just Try…

We live in a fast-paced, quick, impatient, microwave culture. Through our advancements in technology and such, we have become a people with extremely short attention spans and without an ability to focus.

We have lost our patience. We want thing now because anything else is just inconvenient. We are a culture of instant gratification. There are many problems with this. This type of mentality will spill over into our spiritual lives and when it does, it can wreak havoc.

We tend to want spiritual growth and transformation to happen overnight, but it doesn’t work like that. When building a relationship with Christ, there are no shortcuts, tricks, or cheats.

“You can’t microwave spiritual formation.” Pete Wilson

The way to transformation and a deep relationship with Jesus is to allow His presence, grace, and love to truly shape us. We can’t change ourselves. It needs to be more of Him and less of us. We can’t just change by trying harder, you need to train. A person who is out of shape, can’t just decide to run a 4 minute mile by trying harder…they will need to train and train in order to get in shape enough to attempt that time. I can’t just bench press 200 pounds cause I decide to try harder…I have to train in order to lift that weight.

The same goes in our spiritual lives. We can’t expect huge transformation and change just because we want it more, or try harder…we have to train.

We have to build our ‘spiritual muscles.’

Just as it will take an athlete years to train to becoming the best at something, it too will take time to becoming the man or woman God has called us to be. The Christian walk, our spiritual lives and transformations is not a sprint, it is a marathon. It take time and patience…and at the same time urgency.

“In America slow and urgent are not compatible, they cancel each other out. In the Kingdom, patience and urgent are yoked together. The consumer religious culture wants to get things done and they are looking for short cuts to the person God builds over a long time.” Bill Hull

Don’t settle in your relationship with Christ…it is a life-long journey and it deserves your best. Train, don’t just try.