I’m sitting in my parked car overlooking the Pacific listening, not to the thunder of waves, but to the message of Mike Weaver’s heart-piercing song, Redeemed. I listen and I write. I’ve put the CD player on “Repeat” to let the words sink deep. Redeemed. New. Free. I listen to the words over and over. Thirty times … fifty times. I need these words. Redeemed. New. Free. Free from who I used to be. Free to live differently from how I used to live. Free to personally access the richness Jesus brings.Read more
My seven year old friend and I were looking at my geode. I showed him the outside first. It looked like a piece of moldy cheese. “Ugly, isn’t it?” “Yeah,” he agreed. “But wait,” I told him, “wait until you see the inside!”Read more
Do you ever try to boost your self-esteem? Of course you do – we all do – typically by comparing ourselves with others. I recommend against such comparisons, and so does the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 10:12. What’s wrong with this practice? Several things.
I’m sad. Not angry, not scared, just sad – sad for all that’s lost when we use gender to define who we are. It brings tears to my eyes. Gender identity is such a limiting concept.
Hypocrisy is acting like what you aren’t, The phony biblical Pharisees looked good and hid their evil hearts. Christians are phony in a different way. When a Christian sins they look bad and obscure their newly good hearts. For a Christian, sin is hypocrisy.
Self-esteem is what we think we’re worth. Self-worth is what we’re actually worth. The two don’t always match. Our estimate of our worth may have nothing to do with reality.
Here’s a true story about a horrible/wonderful experience. A disfigured stranger at the airport gave me a close glimpse of the profound difference between humiliation and humility. He reminded me of Jesus. He was at ease with himself. He lived out humility: not trying to be more than he was … not settling for less than he was. His example furthered my own journey from a pervasive sense of shame to knowing that God has given each of us – including me, including you – unassailable and unchanging dignity.Read more