We fix our problems by forgetting that they’re problems and reminding ourselves that they’re actually gifts.
There is no way of knowing which of our actions will forever have things hanging on them. And so, we tread carefully.
Alas, how innocent we are of our own mistakes and how responsible we are for them, also.
Discipline is not God trying to pay you back, it’s God trying to bring you back.
I don’t know why so many people say, “Do I have to grow up?” Me personally, I love growing up. Things seem to clarify year after year. I grow stronger and stronger, more sure of myself and My Maker. Yes, indeed, it’s joyous to grow up, to grow at all, in fact.
There is no cure for hot and cold.
There is no cure for the facts of life.
If we can stop trying to escape the inevitable alternation of pleasure and pain, we can simply relax and be fully present for the wonder that is our lives.
Halloween has become a day for the living to dress up, wear masks, and pretend to be dead. The irony is that people spend the rest of the year dressing up, wearing masks, and pretending to live.
When things are going good, we worry that any second they could go bad.
Yet when things are going bad, we forget that at any second they could become good.
Our culture puts too much value on independence. Reality is, to be truly independent is to be alone.
Some call this strength, but often it is laziness.
As humans, we’re designed to need each other. To believe that you can go at this world alone is like setting your soul down on a couch and never allowing it to exercise.
See, if you spend enough time alone, it soon becomes very hard to be around other people. You begin to think that the world belongs to you- that all space is your space and all time is your time.
You become so used to being able to daydream and keep yourself company, that other people are merely an intrusion. And this is terribly unhealthy.
God doesn’t want us floating through life alone, or sitting in front of our computers. He doesn’t want our lives to play out like an Independence film. He wants us interacting- laughing together, praying together, challenging each other…
If loving other people is a bit of heaven, then surely isolation is a bit of hell. While we’re on Earth, we get to decide in which state we would like to live.
When we see someone in need, who’s homeless for example, I think it’s wrong to automatically feel bad for them.
I think we’ve somehow come to believe that because a person is in need, they’re candidates for sympathy, not just charity.
We don’t just want to buy them groceries, we want to buy them dignity.
And yet, by judging them, we’re the ones taking away their dignity in the first place…
I think a lot of people aren’t Christians because they’re looking for something rational. And they believe that all things that are true are rational. But that’s not the case. Love, for example, is true but not rational. It can’t be scientifically proven, yet all of us have felt it. Same with beauty, and light… Plenty of things are true that don’t make sense. God doesn’t have to make sense to be true. God makes no more sense to me, then I would to an ant…And yet He is the only Truth I know for certain.