Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow. -Psalm 144:4
I’m constantly struck by how short life here really is. Whenever I think about holding back forgiveness, holding on to anger, or building up my pride I think about how little time I have here and how it shouldn’t be squandered.
I commonly use the phrase “tick tock” and it has nothing to do with dancing on the internet but everything to do with the counting down of my time. There’s not enough time for an amazing life AND a whole bunch of bitterness and regret. It’s not that I choose to let it go; I choose not to pick it up to begin with. ☠️
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Self-help books are fine. Leadership books are fine. Instruction books are fine. Bible study books are fine. Devotional books are fine.
“It’s not what the scripture is saying, it’s out of context. We do this to justify our own opinion and to take the judgmental and selfish bias in our own mind and impose it on other people.”
Wooooooooo boy. I found so much of this video to be insightful and it changes my mind and approach on the verse 1 Thessalonians 5:22. Ruslan hosted a video with a few other pastors called “Stop Quoting that Verse” and this is my new favorite series on YouTube! All four of them bring great insight and open the Word in a way that’s exploratory and convicting.
This quote stuck out at my in particular because I’ve certainly been guilty of this. There was a time when I was a “raw food vegan” – you can already see the legalism and judgement because of the “raw food” designation – and I used the Bible as the explanation for why I ate that way. Not only was the diet awful, I feel like it turned me into an awful person. Being a person who looks down on other people for their eating choices is not a healthy place to be. Using the Bible to justify it is just an extra special portion of awful on top of that. If the scriptures are being used in a prideful way, if it’s being used not in humility but to put someone in a lower position that yourself, you might need to check your own heart and why it is you’re doing what you’re doing.
Check out the post on my site to see the video – my friend, it’ll be a hour well spent. 🙌
“I will go to the king even if it is against the law. If I perish, I perish.”
My series on unsung biblical heroes has morphed into my series on the 7 biblical prophetesses! Today is Esther, the beloved queen who saved the Jewish people from total annihilation. Having read this book with different eyes – the bravery and tenacity of both Esther and Mordecai is astounding as the odds were totally against them and the consequences dire. With the only the promises of God; Esther was able to not only save her people but allow them to fight against their enemies who hated them. The description of the Jewish victories is intense; and reading between the lines it sounds like it was quite the series of battles. ⚔️
Did you know a group of tigers is called an AMBUSH!? Totally fitting and genuinely terrifying. The imagery in this verse should probably be from the perspective of us being the tiger although I’m sure some of you out there are enduring situations far worse than encountering an ambush of tigers…
I know I know…Jesus was being hyperbolic when he said this. He didn’t expect a legion of Christians to gouge out their eyes to prevent themselves from sinning. Why I drew this though (besides the interesting imagery) is because I’m impacted by Jesus’ message of personal responsibility here. Almost everything he speaks about in the Sermon on the Mount is about us taking responsibility for our actions, our feelings, and the not-obvious ways we are supposed to react to strife and adversity. It’s a poetic and prescriptive solution to many of the problems we face. You may or may not be able to change the situation – but you can always change yourself.