Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Nostalgia

"When you experience nostalgia, your heart is longing for a more beautiful person than you have ever met or a more beautiful place than you have ever known. You think you're longing for the past, but the past was never as good as your mind is telling you it was.  What is in fact pulling on your heartstrings is the future:  it's heaven; it's your sense of home and belonging that has just cracked the surface of your life, for just a moment, and then is gone."  ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Surviving Loss

"People who survive catastrophic loss often say that they survived by coming to see, in time, that they somehow had to take the loss into themselves and allow it to enlarge their heart . . . It is as if God somehow stretches a person to the breaking point, and then she discovers that because she has been stretched, there is now room in her heart and mind for God and for life and for others that was not there before."  ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Something To Consider . . .

"The day of death (is better) than the day of birth."  Ecclesiastes 7:1

Not the happiest post ever, but a valuable thought to consider:

"The day of death is better than the day of birth - not because death is better than life; it's not - but because a coffin is a better preacher than a cot.  When life ends, or is about to end, absolutely everything else comes into focus.  The things that don't really matter, but which we gave so much time to, now seem so empty and pointless.  the lives we touched and the generosity we showed and the love we gave or received now mean so much more."  ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Root Of Evil

"If the love of money is a root of evil, then Ecclesiastes - and indeed the whole Bible - has a beautifully simple solution.  Here is how to sever the root, stop the rot, and kill the evil: spend your money on others. Give it away.  Do it regularly, gladly, generously - and you will be happy."  ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Duty Or Delight

"[I]f we center on the gospel, the essential duties of maintaining a relationship with God begin to seem less like duty and morel like delight.  They seem less like rules and more like rhythms."  ~ Jared Wilson, The Imperfect Disciple

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Effort and Earning

"Grace is not opposed to effort, but is opposed to earning."  - Dallas Willard

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

On Hymns

"I think many of the old hymns, the ones that have endured - and plenty of the newer hymns too, actually - tap into a deeper reality than a lot of the more explicitly emotive stuff.  In a strange, way, the old gospel hymns affect us more emotionally by not dealing primarily with how we feel . . . these songs don't make our emotion the primary point.  They make emotion the response to something much sturdier - namely, the gospel."  ~ Jared Wilson, The Imperfect Disciple

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Why The Good News Is So Good

"The essential message of Christianity isn't 'do' but 'done.'  The good news is news, not instruction, and it announces to us not 'get to work' but 'it is finished.'" ~ Jared Wilson, The Imperfect Disciple

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Don't Just Do Something, Sit There

"Truly, I think one reason we aren't captivated by Christ's glory is because we have a diminished capacity to be captivated by anything big.  We are preoccupied with small things . . . So here's what we need to do:  turn some things off.  Put some things down.  Don't just do something, sit there." ~ Jared Wilson, The Imperfect Disciple

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Seeing Jesus

"We are parched.  We are starving.  We are thirsty and hungry for the glory of Jesus.  Every day when you encounter God - in your devotional time, in your time of worship, in your community groups or classes, or in any other moment in which you spend time with Jesus - you face the choice of simply looking at Jesus or actually trying to see him."  ~ Jared Wilson, The Imperfect Disciple

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jesus Is For Losers

"What Jesus has done is good news for losers. What Jesus has done is good news only for losers.  If you're not a loser, in fact, you can't have Jesus."  ~ Jared Wilson, The Imperfect Disciple

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Shame Into Praise

"Maybe you have struggled with great shame over some things in your life.  Maybe you have sins that come back to haunt you, recurring sins in your life that you can't shake, or habits hard to break, or rumors from others about your history, or problems that persist to this day for sins you long ago repented of . . . You need to hear the gospel words of Zephaniah 3:19: 'I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise.'"  ~ Jared Wilson, The Imperfect Disciple

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Fuzzy Christianity

"If we offer sinners a vague, fuzzy, coddling Christianity, that is what they will respond to and live by, and many of them will not encounter the God of vibrant Christian faith." ~ Owen Strachan