As a Christian, sometimes it can be easy to get into an autopilot state when it comes to our relationship with God. We can perform all the “right tasks,” but with a daunting heart disconnection from God. It is possible for us to do “good things” as Christians, but it still be wrong. This happens when our feet become programmed into performing “Christian duties” but our hearts, while carrying out those “Christian duties” are far away from God. If we are not careful, after a while, our relationship with God can become artificial, superficial, and mundane. We foolishly place God as another person on our checklist to spend time with, not realizing the gravity and depth of what it means to really be in connection with the true and living God.
Sometimes the depth of our dysfunction and sin can be so great that when healthy/godly relationships or healthy/godly patterns try to enter our lives, we push them away. When we become so comfortable in dysfunction and sin, being ‘healthy” and “whole” becomes very uncomfortable and foreign to us. But who ever said the road to healing, the road to wholeness, the road to healthy, and the road to holiness would be easy? What if the discomfort we are avoiding can be the very path to our redemptive healing?
“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face […]
Gripped by Grief Grief has a way of seizing your heart like a Sumo wrestler. It pounces on you and sends you falling to the ground. Then once it has you knocked down, it seems to squeeze you and sit on top of you, refusing to let you go. Its grip can feel extremely tight…so […]
“I said, let days speak and many years teach wisdom.” -Job 32:7 1. Selfishness will lead to loneliness. (Phil 2:3) 2. The truth of who you are will be revealed on judgement day. GOD knows those who are HIS. (1 Cor 4:5) 3. NEVER apologize for grieving. (Matt 5:4) 4. Understanding when it’s […]
KNOWING CHRIST THROUGH SUFFERING “Even more, I consider everything to be nothing compared to knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. To know Him is the best thing of all. Because of Him I have lost everything. But I consider all of it to be garbage, so I can get to know Christ. I want to […]
The Truth About Family I recently went on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia for my family’s 26th year reunion. Every two years my extended family that lives in various areas around the globe, gathers together for several days to spend time with one another. This family reunion was filled with lots of fun, food, and […]
To the Motherless and Fatherless For many people, days like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be some of the most grief-stricken and pain-filled days. It’s days like these that can be a reminder of the physical absence of a precious loved one or the emotional and relational absence of a parent that is still […]
I can’t believe it’s been two years. I will never forget the look on your face when I told you I was walking away from the relationship. I remember that day like it was yesterday. The memory of the pain and fear in your eyes used to haunt me. I never imagined myself walking away. […]
Reality Check There can STILL be sadness on the mountain top. There can STILL be loneliness with status and popularity. There can STILL be emptiness with material possessions and money. Many individuals spend their whole lives chasing people, status, and things. However, life, peace, and joy does not come from any of those things. Our source […]