Denying Self

“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” –John 13:17

Doing is hard. It can be painful, time-consuming, not pleasurable, and wearying. I want to be free from whatever struggle it is that I am currently facing, but I don’t always want to work hard for it. I don’t want to sacrifice for it. I want to just continue on with my normal life, be free of the struggles that are hindering me from living it, and move on. Isn’t that what God wants for my life? He doesn’t want me to struggle daily with burdens, to have to persevere in doing hard things.

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What We Deserve

From time to time in my journey of faith I get confused. For one reason or another I begin to believe that God owes me something. Our faith is probably never weaker then when we believe that we deserve to have God do anything for us.

In Luke 7:1-10 a very intriguing interaction takes place. A Roman centurion has Continue reading “What We Deserve”

Desiring Perfection

There have been many times when I’ve felt so upset at my failures and shortcomings. I become angry at myself whenever I fail, mess up, or sin. I become angry when I require help, and when I easily tire at persevering through trials and struggles. I want to be strong for God; I want to please God; I want to do everything right.

While I can acknowledge that it’s impossible for me to do everything right, I still find myself upset and discouraged whenever I mess up. At times like this I often rally and resolve to do better next time. I become consumed with my quest for perfection. That’s a good thing, right? Shouldn’t I be trying to perfect, sanctify, and renew myself daily? Doesn’t that please God?

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Helping Our Children Finish Strong

If we want our children to finish strong we have to be willing to run alongside them when they are struggling.

Last fall I ran a 5K with three of my older children. When the race began all three kids were running strong and well ahead of me. After we passed the first mile marker one of them started falling back behind the other two and eventually fell far enough back that I caught up to her. I came alongside her and asked how she was doing. She complained of cramps. We continued running together well behind her brother and sister. I was enjoying the run and hadn’t noticed that my straggling child had now fallen back behind me and was barely running. At this point I had a tough decision to make. I had been Continue reading “Helping Our Children Finish Strong”