From the Word
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13-16)
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
“The problem with self-esteem—whether it is high or low—is that every single day we put ourselves on trial.” (Tim Keller)
“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” (Henry Van Dyke)
“When our depravity meets his divinity, it is a beautiful collision.” (David Crowder)
“God never made a promise that was too good to be true.” (D. L. Moody)
Around the Net
Paul tells us to carry each other’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ (Gal 6:2). But how realistic is it for believers to do that? “We stumble, we fall, we crumble, we hide; our transgressions beat us down. As the community of believers, we lift each other up again. It’s a lovely image—but is it realistic? Jesus’ burden is light, but sometimes we feel like the burdens of our brothers and sisters are heavy.”
A counselor once told me there’s a difference between being a high achiever and being an over-achiever. He was right. “Rest is necessary and important—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Yet, we often resist it. Why? The fourth commandment directs us to rest one day a week. Israel regularly got themselves into trouble because they refused to honor the Sabbath.” Maybe we do, too.
Have you ever wondered why God commands us to sing to him? Does he need our songs? Obviously not. Technically speaking, omnipotence never has a need. So, what’s the point of our musical worship? What is God aiming for when he issues these instructions? “Everything he commands us is for our joy and benefit. If God commands us to sing, then it is to bless us and add to our joy in him.”
Grumbling is a favorite past-time of many people in our day, including believers. But of all the sins that are grievous to the Lord (and there are plenty of them in our hearts and lives), two of the most serious are ones that we often overlook or excuse—ingratitude and complaining. “It was these two sins in particular that marked Israel’s sojourning through the wilderness.” Do they mark ours?
An early champion of C. S. Lewis explores beauty and the classics in the context of faith. “I shall bet my life on the assumption that this world is not idiotic, neither run by an absentee landlord, but that today, this very day, some stroke is being added to the cosmic canvas that in due course I shall understand with joy as a stroke made by an Architect who calls himself Alpha and Omega.”
Something to Ponder
No Mere Mortals
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would strongly be tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you meet now, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.”
– C. S. Lewis, Knowing God
The Glory of Creation
Image Credit: The Online Zoo.
Into All the World
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” (John Watson)