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Present Tense

I could speak of the place that the Lord first found me

& of the great saints who have gone before

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I could tell of the mighty battles that have been fought

& of the miraculous deeds that have been done

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I could sing a hymn of God’s great holiness

& of the wonders of His ways

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I could paint a portrait of the splendor of the heavenly city

& of the angelic host that await us there

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But in truth

it is only the

faith

& hope

& love

that I carry within my heart today

that has the potential to change anything

Sometimes along the path to discovering who you were created to be, you find who you weren’t made to be. Though such moments can be difficult, they ultimately bring you closer to your destiny.

As humans we tend to want people to judge us by our intentions instead of our actions.  But just because we mean no harm doesn’t mean that no harm is done.

I’ve noticed that people who blame God for the evil in the world don’t give Him credit for the beauty in it.

A person who cannot believe in anything outside of themselves never has to worry about being called a hypocrite.

Real love is like a mighty oak tree, it can withstand many a stormy season.  But trust is like a delicate flower, it is easily crushed.

Repeatedly throughout the New Testament (e.g. 1 Cor. 7:15, 2 Cor. 13:11, 1 Thes. 5:13, 1 Tim. 2:2) the scripture urges us to “live in peace” with one another, with perhaps the strongest of these admonishments coming from the writer of Hebrews (12:14), who says that we are to make “every effort” to live in peace with “everyone”. This is a daunting challenge to forfeit our natural tendency to contentiously defend our position on every issue, and to instead yield to the Spirit of God.  If He is not speaking, we ought to do the same.  When we choose to express ourselves outside of His leading, we cannot fool ourselves into believing that we’re doing anything more than speaking out of our own limited understanding.  In those instances it would do us well to be mindful of what Jesus said about idle (or empty) words (Matt 12:36).