Trevin asks a great question:
I used to be a cable subscriber for one year out of four: election year. As a political junkie, I found the up-to-the-minute news of a presidential campaign thrilling. I loved the drama.
Election 2016 changed that. It wasn’t because, this time around, I was unable to enthusiastically support either candidate. It was a growing concern with the toxic atmosphere of the cable news channels and the worrisome trends they reveal about our society.
Recently, a friend and I were interviewed on a radio show about the book we’d written on suffering. One of the host’s questions struck me: In the midst of the refiner’s fire, how do we keep from going through the motions? How do we have a sense of the abundance God promises us?
I immediately thought of Psalm 119:50: “This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.” And so I responded, “I have to be in God’s Word every day.”
But that sense of vulnerable weakness is actually the context within which God moves. Consider the first disciples. Early in the book of Acts, Luke points out that not only the political leaders (Herod and Pontius Pilate) but most of the culture had gathered against the message of the gospel. The religious rulers of the day were so threatened by the gospel that they arrested Peter and John, demanding they stop “proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead” (Acts 4:1-2). It felt like the forces of darkness were winning. Every power in the world was aligned to stop the gospel from spreading.
Except the greatest of all powers—that of Jesus himself.
But I believe the greatest difficulty of all is the knowledge that I am leading poorly. It’s the knowledge that I am not leading as well as I could or as well as I wish I would. The burden of responsibility is light compared to the burden of insufficiency, inability, or just plain failure. If all those other weights are heavy, this is the one that threatens to be crushing.
Melissa Kruger shares questions that will stifle discussion rather than encourage it.
Chelsea Patterson Sobolik:
I’m in my mid-twenties, and my generation is notorious for our attitudes of entitlement. We think we deserve more than we do, and when we don’t get it, our entitlement siren starts blaring. And when it does, we often act irrationally — in a way that looks foolish from the outside.
So how can we recognize our own sense of entitlement, and take steps to surrender it to God? First, we need to understand what entitlement truly is.
A favorite from the archives:
What is it about this song that is so captivating for me? I think a lot of it has to do with how it resonates with my own experience.
All throughout this song, we find the cry of a heart that knows its own proneness to drift away from the Lord. From its first lines—”Come Thou Fount of every blessing / Tune my heart to sing Thy grace”—to its last—”Here’s my heart, O take and seal it / Seal it for Thy courts above.”