Will people speak of God’s work and glory through you? And even more important, how will you answer the King when He says, “What did you do with what I gave you?”
May you be able to say at the end of your life, along with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Crazy Love - Francis Chan
“I’d rather just not have any friends or try to make them. only Jesus. Relationships are hard to manage and people (myself included) are too complicated and full of too many emotions and feelings. Kinda just feel like throwin in the towel sometimes.”
I feel like this far too often.
“When I am consumed by my problems-stressed out about my life, my family, and my job-I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God’s command to always rejoice. In other words, that I have a “right” to disobey God because of the magnitude of my responsibilities.
Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.
Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control.
Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it’s okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare our tendency to forget what we’ve been forgiven, that our lives here are brief, that we are headed to a place where we won’t be lonely, afraid, or hurt ever again, and that in the context of God’s strength, our problems are small, indeed.
Why are we so quick to forget God? Who do we think we are?
I find myself relearning this lesson often. Even though I glimpse God’s holiness, I am still dumb enough to forget that life is all about God and not about me at all.”
I’m rereading Crazy Love by Francis Chan right now. God’s perfect timing had me stumble upon this section of the book tonight. It constantly amazes me how He puts things in our lives when we need them the most.
Women need to learn how to distinguish between a man who flatters her and a man who compliments her; a man who spends money on her and a man who invests in her; a man who views her as property and a man who views her properly; a man who lusts after her and a man who loves her; a man who believes he is a gift to women and a man who believes she is a gift to him.
Men need to be that kind of man.
Amen. Take notes, guys.