We all love Pastor Craig. He has this pretty amazing knack for discovering God’s truth in Scripture and then putting it back to us in words, stories, and concepts that we can turn into life-altering action. Really though, who else can turn commercials and viral videos into deep and inspiring biblical messages?
Kids. Such a crazy idea. These tiny humans in our care could one day preside over a country, invent the next technological breakthrough, and get their own tiny humans. If you’re a Christian, you know their destiny is eternal. Here’s the shocker—the initial shaping and beginning of their eternity happens in our homes, under our love and influence. Maybe your children are grown, and you feel like you screwed all this up. Keep reading. This is for you too.
Pretend you have kids (maybe you do), but suddenly you have no way of communicating with them verbally or otherwise. If they only have your life as an example, what would they deduce it takes to be happy? The right career, house, weekend activities, behavior, grades, youth sport leagues, clothes, food, friends, entertainment, church? Would they look at your life and realize like the Apostle Paul that godliness with contentment is itself great? We don’t all have kids, but we're all sending God a message about what we think it takes to be happy. Here’s some bad advice: tell others with your life that He isn’t enough. And now here’s some good advice about how to actually be happy.
Whether you’re married or not, imagine this. You’re looking at the person who decided to give up their heart, some dreams, their body, their years, and their singleness because they committed to join into a lifelong, exclusive partnership of selfless love with you. You’re about to tell them you’ve put all of that and so much more on the line because someone kept flirting with you at work, or because you didn’t think they listened, or because you felt like they lost their passion in the bedroom.
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Here’s how start an addiction: justify any hang-ups you have, do whatever you want to do, keep mistakes in the shade, and depend on your own strength to overcome any odds you face. That’s terrible advice we’ve all followed into a mess of empty addiction at some point in our lives. So how de we get out of the mess? There is always a way out underneath. Here are five keys to fighting your way out of any addiction.
I just Googled Jeremiah 29:11, and the first autocomplete search suggestion is, “Jeremiah 29:11 tattoo.” Apparently, most of the people rummaging the Internet for this Scripture are looking to learn more about making it a permanent part of their epidermis. Before you Google epidermis, it means your outer layer of skin. Speaking of meanings, “Jeremiah 29:11 meaning,” is the second autocomplete search suggestion I see. I’m glad people want to know what it means, but maybe we should find out prior to making it a part of our forearm forever.
Read this: “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:14 NIV If you take this verse on its own, you might be likely to ask Jesus for all sorts of doozies. Dear Jesus, can You keep all of my family healthy, safe, and rich forever? In Your name, amen.
All of humanity has two things in common. First, we don’t like to be told how to live. Second, we like to tell others how to live. Try to disagree and you end up in category one. Jesus knew this when He said the words captured in Matthew 7:1-2. However, His words have been twisted by both Christians and non-Christians alike. Either we like to twist this verse because we don’t want others telling us what to do, or because we can tell others what to do—to stop being so judgmental! Either way, we’re adding our intentions into the Scripture, not drawing His truth out of it.
“How can you still not spell this word? We’ve practiced every night for the last three days!” I say to my six-year-old daughter as I recall winning—or maybe losing—my elementary spelling bee. We’ve all been there. Maybe it was hitting a ball, working an equation, fitting into a dress, making a grade, getting into a college, or starting the right profession. At some point, we’ve found our hope firmly seated on a one-way train steaming ahead off the steep cliff of living vicariously through the very people who were intended to “spring off” of us. Yet we know our offspring should be motivated by our momentum, not halted by our hang-ups.