Part of the reason I read the Bible daily is because sometimes verses or clauses pop when they didn’t pop before. Maybe this is the Holy Spirit, maybe it’s something else, but this in Proverbs 6:23 jumped off the page at me today.
For the commandment is a lamp and
the teaching a light,
and the reproofs of discipline are the
way of life.
The reproofs of discipline are the way of life. How good is that?! The definition of a reproof is “an expression of blame or disapproval,” thus it seems as if this means that the sin or wrong living that discipline unearths and corrects is good for our souls. The only way to live.
I know this in my own life to be true, even if I hate it in the moment.
These are words that don’t normally go together, but thankfully for Christians they do go together.
We are incapable of enduring on our own. How often must we be reminded of that through the lives of those around us, through our own lives? But the good news is that we know who is capable of enduring, and all we’re called to do is to run to him.
Why is this so important to understand? Because your endurance will be spotty at best. There will be moments when you forget who you are and live as a grace amnesiac. There will be times when you get discouraged and for a while quit doing the good things God calls you to do. There will be moments, big and small, when you willingly rebel.
Perfect endurance demands just that—perfection—and since none of us is there yet, we must look outside ourselves for hope. Your hope of enduring is not to be found in your character or strength, but in your Lord’s.Paul David Tripp
I, too, am never quite thankful enough for regular, boring, routine, rote, consistent, Christ-centered days with neighbors, kids, friends and family. They are so often a delight and often contain — if you look hard enough — the full breadth of emotion and fullness we all want from life.
This one is so short it feels like I’m just copy-pasting an entire post (I’m not). This site was started, however, as a collection of my favorite quotes, thoughts, art and words that I see throughout my days online.
I loved it, and I believe it to be true.
Yet in all your stellar journeys you would never see anything equal to the birth and wonder of a human being. For a tiny baby girl or boy is the apex of God’s creation!
But the greatest wonder of all is that the child is created in the image of God, the Imago Dei. The child once was not; now, as a created soul, he or she is eternal. He or she will exist forever. When the stars of the universe fade away, that soul shall still live.Challies