We could all end up arrogant Christians one day. Some of us are already there.
We are completely, totally, and 100% dependent on God. But we live as if that wasn't true.
When we succeed, we pat ourselves on the back. We give ourselves a hand. We think we did it. But compare our effort with what God did.
Jealousy and I go way back. But what if you didn't have to be? Jealous, I mean? Of anyone?
For every disaster or disease or crime or pestilence, there's a sermon given by an earnest pastor who goes on and on and on about God's faithfulness and His power and His love and His protection - while smoothly skipping over the fact that plenty of people were not protected, and did indeed suffer.
Summary: I went to this Seventh-Day Adventist youth conference once. It was like seven years ago. The conference was called iServe, and that was really supposed to be the point of it - service. On one of the days of the conference, all the young people loaded up onto huge charter buses and went out … Continue reading People Are Dying (Exodus 11)
Summary: Where do you see yourself in five years? What about ten? Or forty? The only reason we ask these kinds of questions is to get the chance to paint a wildly different picture of our lives. We imagine a life with more of the things we want and less of the problems we hate. … Continue reading Fight Or Surrender? (Exodus 1)
Summary: Do you ever experience a bittersweet resolution to some issue? After some tragedy or some fight or some miscommunication gone horribly wrong, the dust settles and you come to a place of acceptance and even growth. Yet at the same time, in the back of your mind, you know that everything would have been … Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers (Genesis 45)
Summary: "My, how the tables have turned." Do you ever dream of saying this, or something like this, to all the people who doubted you once you've proven them wrong? Or do you imagine the vacations you'll enjoy once you land your dream job or the awesome clothing you'll wear once you finally get that summer … Continue reading It Is God (Genesis 41)
Summary: As a Type A individual, I do my best to make sure things play out the way they should. I try to think ahead to what could go wrong and then make sure that it doesn't go wrong. I hate the idea of messing something up, or failing. More than that, I hate the … Continue reading Redirecting The Blame (Genesis 38)