Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happiness

"If you can live in this world in such a way that the person or people beside you - your friend, your spouse, your children, your brother, your sister, the people God has put in your path - are you waking concern and your dominant focus, then you will find happiness.  If your head hits the pillow at night full of questions about how you might help and serve someone else, and how you can be a certain kind of person for them, then you will find a gladness and contentment that nothing else can match." ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Only God Knows

"Living well in God's world means recognizing that when it comes to our own lives, we are not mini-gods, and this is his creation, not ours.  We have all the pieces of our life given to us, and things come and go and seasons change, and it is only God who knows exactly where everything is meant to go, in which order, at what time, and why." ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

You Can't See the Big Picture

"Part of being wise in this world is learning to accept that we have only very limited access to the big picture . . . If we could see the end from the beginning, and understand how a billion lives and a thousand generations and unspeakable sorrows and untold joys are all woven into a tapestry of perfect beauty, then we would be God. This means that part of growing up in the world is learning to grow small. God intends us to be like children who trust parents to know best because they can see what the children can't see, and they know what the children are not yet able to know." ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Relational Beings

"We are profoundly relational beings, and most of the seasons of our lives are taken up with navigating the different stages of our relationships and the effects they have on us . . . If we were somehow to take these seasons of life out of the web of relationships in which we are enmeshed, our lives would become flat and monotonous . . . These are the seasons God gives.  The times he grants are bound to the presence or absence of relationship." ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Storing Treasures

"People who follow Jesus often lose sight of the world to come . . . we do this by living as if our greatest treasures are the here and now.  We hold the good things of this world too tightly and lavish our affections on them too freely . . . Jesus knew this would always be the temptation for his disciples." ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Develop Your Palate For Scripture

"I know that many times Bibles study can taste like a tale rice cake.  This is not because the Bible is not delicious but because our palate isn't developed enough to discover how delicious it is.  But once we acquire the taste, we can't get enough of it.  It creates more demand for what it supplies.  The more we dwell in Scripture, developing a greater taste and feel for it, the less sweet and less comforting the things of the world will taste and feel." ~ Jared Wilson, The Imperfect Disciple

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Becoming Familiar With The Word

"Feeling Scripture entails regular inhabitance in the Bible - Jesus likes the word abide - so that we have a practically instinctual sense of its threads and contours.  Getting to that place does involve reading God's Word over an extended period of time, but over time the effort we put into this practice begins to feel less like something carried out in our own power.  What seems so unnatural and awkward before begins to feel more natural and reflexive."  ~ Jared Wilson, The Imperfect Disciple