What a reassuring reminder on a day where we are forced to examine our family circumstances and personal sins. I don’t measure up as a daughter and won’t as a mother but I am free because Jesus measured up for me. Lord may I be able to grasp this truth all of my days.
Last night at youth group, my boss and friend, Zach, talked about the secret to experiencing joy. He said that after 32 years, joy isn’t what he thought it was. I’m sure it’s because life isn’t what he thought it would once be either.
The process of growing up could, in many ways, be said to be…
Kermitt Gosnell killed babies alive outside of the womb. It is a legit horror movie…only it’s real life. Such a sad gruesome video. Jesus come quickly…
I have to constantly be drawn back to this.
“This clearly shows that if the foundation of your identity is your things—the thing that makes me who I am is this position, these relationships, having this name, having this money, and so on—then suffering will be pulling you away from the uttermost foundations of your joy–and that will make you mad, bitter, and sad. But if your identity is anchored in Christ, so that you are able to say, “Everything I need I already possess in Him”, then suffering drives you deeper into your source of joy. Suffering, in other words, shows us where we are locating our identity. Our response to suffering reveals what we’re building our life on and what we’re depending on to make life worth living.
This means that suffering itself does not rob you of joy—idolatry does. If you’re suffering and you’re angry, bitter, and joyless it means you’ve idolized–and felt entitled to–whatever it is you’re losing. Entitlement and self-pity stem from our belief that we deserve more than what we’re getting–love, attention, respect, approval. The gospel, however, frees us to revel in our expendability! The gospel alone provides us with the foundation to maintain radical joy in remarkable loss. Joylessness and bitterness in the crucible of pain happens when we lose something (or think we deserve something) that we’ve held onto more tightly than God.” - Tullian Tchividjian
The law-keeper cries to the gospel-lover, “Don’t turn to the law or you will become its prisoner!” The gospel-lover cries to the law-keeper, “Turn to Christ and find great freedom!”