“No cross, no crown.” — William Penn
Jesus not only died ‘for’ us; He died ‘as’ us. It is through the deep working of the cross in our lives, that we really discover who we are, who we’re meant to be …
“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us — a crucified God — must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.” — John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life
“… the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christianity … the old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them.” — A.W. Tozer, The Divine Conquest
When the enemy first presents temptation, he promises that sin will feel like Heaven — that it will be worth the cost. However, what may have felt a little like ‘Heaven’ in the beginning, over time, degrades into the bondage of hell.
In contrast, when the Holy Spirit calls us to deny ourselves and resist temptation, in the beginning it may feel a little like hell. However, in time, holding to the righteousness of God will unfold into Heaven.
– Francis Frangipane
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Being sensitive is a gift.
Life works better as we cultivate our emotional intelligence (EQ) … our self-awareness, stewarding our emotional life, capacity to empathize, and communication skills.
Be both sensitive and tough.
But we can waste a lot of years and energy if we’re not both sensitive and tough.
Quite often life has this way of saying (or screaming), “This is reality. Get used to it!”
We don’t think in the category of establishing reality, do we? Our default perspective is that reality is something eternal to us. And it acts upon us.
The truth is how we respond to “This is reality …!” makes all the difference for us and those around us.
Will we respond proactively? Or will we react passively, silently submitting to what’s happening … or what you think may happen?
A belief challenge: as we connect with God, we can define reality. Adam seen in Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’ on the Sistine Chapel ceiling
“The world has been wrong about you. They’ve hated your glory—just as the Evil One hates the glory of God. But we need your gift. Come forth.” –John Eldredge, ‘Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive’
Beauty is powerful, even fearsome.
We may instinctively sense that beauty is connected to something larger than ourselves …
“Every experience of beauty points to [eternity]” (Hans Urs von Balthasar) … “Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite” (Francis Bacon).
You may desire to see beauty unveiled in your relationships, work and business, or the wellness of your soul and body.
We quest to create a beautiful life because it brings pleasure, meaning and satisfaction. Life experience (and research) shows that key things release beauty into our lives and inspire us.
Quality family life, friendships and good conversation, living with balance, a minimalist lifestyle, investing finances in experiences with people instead of material things (even better, investing finances in helping others), appreciating nature and the arts, personal creativity, and more …