We are not likely to convince anyone of a truth that we ourselves never believed enough to live out

We shouldn’t mistake good intentions for right motivations. God is not as interested in our desired outcomes as He is in what moves us to act or speak.

We need to be viewing current events through the lens of what God is saying to us,

not trying to figure out what God is saying to us through the lens of current events

(John 10:27, 2 Cor. 4:18, Matt 4:4)

Jesus didn’t come to rescue us. He came to make a way for us. We have to choose to walk in that way.

We can rationalize that we didn’t light the match, but if we’ve been walking around pouring gasoline on everything, we own part of the damage done by the fire

We speak against hate, yet slander and mock anyone who disagrees with us

We advocate for the idea of unity, but unfriend anyone who doesn’t share our worldview

We petulantly rationalize our own acts of rebellion, while incredulously condemning the anarchy incited by others

We bemoan that no one has walked in our shoes, but then presume to know what other people think

We invest trust in people who don’t really care about us, while distrusting the neighbor, who’s never betrayed us

We convince ourselves that the problem is “Them”But this is “Us”

It is the spirit of this age, and the world system it fuels, that pushes us to embrace our identity as victims; powerless, offended, oppressed, and in desperate need of validation, vindication and compensation from a people with no capacity to provide any of those things. It is the Spirit of Christ that invites us to the reality that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us, and sacrificed that we might be free. Ultimately, it is the person He created us to be that He knew before we were in our mother’s womb (Jer. 1:5), but it is the person we choose to become instead that He can tell, “I never knew you (Matt. 7:23)”.

It is the impetuous nature of the Sower that compels them to throw seed onto frozen ground. But if we hope to bear fruit we must discern the times & seasons.

In the last year no term has come to mean less than the word “virtual”. Though we’ve had to make due with what was available, there is no pretending that all of these things (e.g online classes, Zoom calls, waving at grandma from outside the window…) are virtually the same as the real thing. We need to recognize how blessed our “normal” has been, and not take it for granted, if it ever returns.

With each passing year I am more convinced that the only thing that really has the power to stand in the way of God’s will for my life is my own will for my life. That what keeps me from having His heart for people is all the other feelings those people stir in me. That what keeps me from having the mind of Christ is all the other thoughts that I allow to occupy my mind. That what keeps me from hearing His voice clearly is all the other voices my ears are tuned to. That what keeps me from saying what He’s saying, is all the other stuff I feel the compulsion to say. That the only one who can really keep me from becoming the person He made me to be, is this person I’ve chosen to be instead. That the way that seems right to me is what keeps me from simply following Him. In light of this, how significant is it that “self” control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Ultimately, it is the only thing that God has ever given me “control” of.