Don’t recklessly chase marriage for things you will only fully find in God. Fullness of joy is not found at that altar, and pleasures forevermore are not lying in the marriage bed. No, Scripture sings about a higher love and greater joy: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalms 16:11).
I think all of us, when the work slips into tedium and routine, are prone to ask the question of whether or not what we are doing really matters. The question, even if it’s not directly spoken, is revealed in other ways. We might find it hard to get out of bed on another Monday. Or we might constantly find ourselves clicking on job postings online to find something we deem to be more significant. Or we might apply this short but very relatively word to our occupation – “just”.
The cost of the average wedding in America now exceeds $30,000, with prices soaring 16 percent between 2011 and 2015. With all the glitz and glamour surrounding a couple’s special day, it’s easy to focus on the decorations and dresses, while overlooking the most valuable moment of the day—the costliest words spoken between a husband and wife.
“Till death do we part.”
Not only should we as Christians not be snobbish about work, we also shouldn’t be super-spiritual about it. This is vital, as we can use God’s Word to support our perspective on our work in a worldly, unchristian way.
For a while, I blamed it on the craziness of motherhood. I mean what mom has time to read anyway? It’s not like I have time to sit around with a book during the day! And even if I tried, the cacophony of little people voices would make it completely impossible.
But recently I think I’ve identified the actual source of this difficulty doing one of my favorite things, and it’s not my kids or my busy schedule or anything like that. No, the hindrance to my happy reading life is MY STUPID SMART PHONE.
This piece reminds me why I really enjoy the Evangelical History blog at TGC.
A favorite from the archives:
In the earlier generation, such what we find in the work of Luke, there is a deep desire to persuade people of the truth, and to do so in a way that is “loving, tactful,” and “subtle.” (352). However, Green notes a marked turn in the character of the Apologists. Where once Christian literary evangelism was in the spirit of Luke, something ugly had crept in. And though they desired their readers to come to know Christ, “the tone in which the writing had been couched would have effectively stood in the way of such an outcome” (351-352).
You understand why this is troubling, I hope.