While waiting to have lunch with a friend last week in Franklin, TN, I sat at the local Starbucks to do some work. At 9:30 in the morning, the place was packed.
(Photo: Starbucks in Franklin, Tennessee)
The busy coffee shop had a small footprint, so I sat at the only available place —a wide table by the door. Usually I work at Starbucks with my earbuds plugged in, but I forgot them. So I heard every conversation at the table.
In the two hours I sat there, I overheard 6 different conversations.
I’m glad I did.
If you’re like me, you love to read good books. There’s the Bible, of course. But there are many other books God has used to help us. In fact, books have taught us some of life’s best lessons.
Take 60 seconds and click here to tell me what five (5) books have helped you most (other than the Bible).
- You could include good books that have helped you personally, professionally, or spiritually.
- Try to keep your list to five books or less.
In an upcoming post, I’ll summarize your lists (and include my own list of five good books) in order to form a “Top 10″ recommended reading list.
If you’re unfamiliar with it, Ash Wednesday seems an odd tradition. Ashes of burned crosses from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are rubbed on the forehead in the shape of a cross.
(Photo: By Oxh973, Jennifer Balaska. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
So what’s the point of wearing ashes on Ash Wednesday? The cinder residue is reminiscent of the biblical act of repenting “in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6). (Speaking of ashes, the holiday also represents “National No Smoking Day” in Ireland.)
Many Christians have no connection with Ash Wednesday’s tradition.
But we all have need of what it represents. Every day.
How many times have we made what we thought was the best decision—but it turned out to be the worst? Lessons learned from such blunders we remember and regret all of our lives.
We make knee-jerk decisions that we think will benefit us financially, or relationally, or vocationally, or physically.
But what about spiritually? Lot failed to ask that question, and he lived with the regret.
But we don’t have to be like that if we’ll ask ourselves 3 questions.
As we look around at our world, it’s easy to feel like the wheels are coming off. Morality is optional. Truth is relative. Disease runs rampant. And God stands by and allows it all.
Critics of Christianity point to the problems in the world as proof of God’s absence or apathy. On the other hand, some Christians get in the game and point to God’s judgment as the reason for terrorism, Isis, and hurricanes.
The problem is, we want God’s acts of judgment to stop at property lines (usually ours). We prefer clear delineations, just as God made in the plagues on the land of Egypt in the book of Exodus.
But it doesn’t work that way. Those plagues are a picture of God’s plan for tomorrow.
Sometimes it seems the Lord leads us into a life that can’t possibly be His will. What started with such promise has become such a challenge. It’s tough to know what to do next.
What do you do when the life God has promised you looks nothing like the life God has given you?
God had promised a son to Sarai and her husband, Abram. And yet at the same time, God prevented conception. This is the will of God? Go figure.
What God said is a lesson we need to hear.
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One of our greatest challenges is finding balance in the Christian life. Think of a person on a tightrope. There’s never a point where they just stroll across effortlessly. Balance requires continual effort.
Have you ever noticed that somehow Jesus balanced it all? The demands of His work and ministry left Him exhausted at times, of course—yet somehow He found time to get it all done.
Jesus perfectly balanced the demands of life—with the same 24 hours we have.
We don’t say it out loud, but often we expect that if we believe and live correctly, we’ll have great marriages, healthy bank balances, well-balanced children, and freedom from major problems.
Of course, we know better—but we still lean on the side of expecting blessing for obedience.
The truth is, we have expectations of God. And sometimes, honestly, He fails those expectations.
When I took a survey of my blog readers in 2014, the results of that survey were very telling of who you are. For example, I learned that most subscribers signed up for one of two reasons.
Most of you subscribed for the convenience of getting my posts automatically sent to you. Others sign up for my free e-book I give to all who subscribe.
But you also received something else when you subscribed.
I prayed for you.