Ever had a conversation where you made it about you, no matter what the original topic was? That’s a contracepted conversation, since contraception makes things (particularly sex) all about you. Instead, God calls us to focus on others. Way easier said than done.
Here are my 5 most popular posts from the past year, with links to the original. Links and descriptions are below, and I made a video overview also.
Here are my 5 most popular videos from the past year, with links to the original posts. Links and descriptions are below, and I made a video overview also.
You’ve probably heard that you should be the salt of the earth, the light of the world, and the leaven mixed with dough. (Matthew 5 has the salt and light images, Matthew 13 for leaven). But what does that actually mean? (hint: be a hero)
“I’m busy, really busy.” You can almost see a smug grin behind the exhaustion, a grin that says ‘look at me, look at all the things I’m doing, I’m important’. Ask someone how they’re doing and that’s the answer you might get, or maybe something similar. “I’m just trying to keep my head above water” or “I’ve got a lot on my plate.” Being busy has become a status symbol.
I, of course, don’t think that’s a good idea. Even as I’m busy, as I overcommit, as I fall into the same mindset, I see the danger in it.
Helm’s Deep : a fortress that’s never been breached, the safe haven of the nation of Rohan in the Lord of the Rings. It would take an army of 10,000 to break through.
“And the Lord said to Adam, you may eat of the fruit of any of the trees of the garden, but you must not eat this marshmallow.” – Unsong
On a plate rests a large marshmallow, and small child stares at it. “I’m going to leave and come back in 15 minutes,” the researcher tells the child. “If the marshmallow is still there when I get back, you’ll get another one. But, you can eat it now if you want.” It’s the now-famous Marshmallow Experiment. Each child gets to choose: one marshmallow now, or delay gratification for two later? And, they tracked the children long-term, finding those who could delay gratification showed success in other areas of their lives, such as higher SAT scores. What can this teach us about the Christian life?
God is caling you to be a hero, but He usually doesn’t spell out the whole plan all at once. Here’s why.
Beat the bad guys, level up, get stronger, take on tougher bad guys. It’s a formula we’re very used to for games. But it’s also how it works when it comes to overcoming sin and growing in holiness.
We’re obsessed with time travel and going back to fix our mistakes. But is that a good idea? It’d lead to a more comfortable life, sure, but probably not a better one.