"The great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look for big things to do. ‘Jesus took a towel…and began to wash the disciples feet.’"
What does a well lived Christian life look like? A lot of people would answer that question by focusing on what they don’t do. Don’t have sex, don’t drink, don’t curse, and all that is fine, but Christianity is not just about the don’ts.
As followers of Jesus, we are not called to sit in a white room and never be tempted or mess up. We are called to be out there loving, serving, and being involved in people’s lives. Faith should be alive and active.
Nature hates a vacuum, just removing things doesn’t work. They must be replaced with something new. God did not change men like Abraham, Moses, and Peter by sanding off their rough edges. He gave them visions, adventures, and challenges. An active faith is what leads to change, not the other way around.
"Give freely to the world these gifts of love and compassion. Do not concern yourself with how much you receive in return, just know in your heart it will be returned."
"Don’t confuse coincidence with the will of God."
"What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly."
"Redemption is not for our restriction, but for our joy. Christ did not die for our duty, but for our delight. I have been set free, but this freedom is not an unfettered pursuit of my desires, for that’s slavery all over again. It’s the joyful mission of bringing God pleasure because He has liberated and set me free."
"Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands."