“Weirdness is a tool of the Divine. As people of faith, our lives get weird before they become clear.”
Sara Hagerty writes, “Rarely do I notice the roots of a tree unless my feet stumble over them. I may notice the way branches above me cut across the sky as I pull out of my driveway. I may sit with my toddler in the shade or pick apples at an orchard with my children in early autumn. I may roll a newly fallen leaf between my fingers. But most of the time I walk unaware right over the roots, the hidden life of every tree that makes everything else-branches, shade, fruit, and leaves-possible at all.” (Unseen)
As Neurosurgeon Lee Warren writes, “One man finds himself in trouble and is driven to his knees, begging God for help. Another person looks at the problem and decides God has given him the middle finger, so he gives up on God completely.” (I’ve Seen the End of You)
However, discipline is the elixir of the Christian life. Not the discipline of robotic church activity, or lifeless busyness. God wants our heart and He wants our motives to be pure as we live out what we say we believe on the inside.
From All That is Made, authors Geoff Gentry and Bryan Ye-Chung contribute, “It is hard to live on the Earth in the 21st century and not be painfully aware that life is full of noise. We bounce from notifications, to social media timelines, to advertisements, to endless entertainment options. Most of us love it. Conversation is constant. We live distracted lives, turning our days into content that we fire into the world at an alarming rate. This hurried and marginless living is undergirded by the anxiety of always being “on.”
The new generation hates waiting. Instead of picking up the phone to engage in a real conversation, they prefer to send a quick text on that same phone. Oh, how God wants you to bring your stuff to Him and talk to HIm. Any relationship requires constant communication or a wall goes up.
During the Saturday edition of CBS This Morning there is a delicious segment called “The Dish”. Each week a chef displays a table of food he or she has prepared. The television hosts sit down with the chef to sample the feast. Afterwards, the chef is handed a white dish to autograph. One of the television anchors then looks at the cook, “If you could have this meal with anyone past or present who would it be?”
Why are we always surprised by death? There it is coming our way down the highway. Some people veer their vehicles to the right side of the road and stop. But when others see the funeral procession, they keep going. “Who has time for this?” Consider two men who ran out of time. They were […]
“Why is the Meadows subdivision darker at night than it used to be?” That question gets asked a lot lately by folks who reside there in Ringgold, Georgia. Upon returning home in the evening hours after working all day or doing errands, some residents notice it when they enter the neighborhood. However, there are some […]
“Raise your hand if you have any questions.” I refused that offer from many teachers and professors during my elementary school days all the way through my college years, due to my shyness. For some, it may not be shyness, but a reliance upon their own self-sufficiency. Regardless, struggling alone is a lonely road to […]