Daily Post #49

Bird in Hand: To paraphrase a well-known cultural proverb, never let go of a bird in the hand because you are hoping to catch two in the bush. This is wisdom. There is nothing wrong with going after the two in the bush, but turning down opportunities in the present for what you hope might be around the corner is foolish. Even while you dream, be where your feet are. Say “yes” to what is in front of you. You don’t want to end up without any birds.

Sit With Disappointment: Has life ever punched you in the gut? It happens to all of us. You can busy yourself, lie to yourself, or simply keep going. But what about the disappointment that lingers? That pierces? That burns? That suffocates? After every disappointment, it is so important to your long-term mental, emotional, and spiritual health to “sit with it.” Confess it: “I am disappointed”; “My heart is broken”; “This is crushing”. Whether it is through prayer, conversation, and/or journaling, one needs to “go there.” The dark is not your enemy.

Islam: I am looking forward to reading this article on Islam by Professor Copan. As always, I highly recommend The Worldview Bulletin Newsletter.

Daily Post #48

Blooming in Various Soils: Tim Challies is a blogger, author, and book reviewer who is well-known in the evangelical world. Here is an article about flowers, God’s glory, and the call to bloom no matter the soil. It is titled: “We Must, We Can, Bloom for Him.” This might be a comforting read for some, and a challenging read for others.

Disappointment: I have said it before and I will say it again: How you respond to disappointment will—more than almost anything else—determine your character, quality of life, and where you will be in five, ten, and 20 years. Life has its hard moments, its cracks: “There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in” (Leonard Cohen).

Herman Bavinck Quote: “But that life begun in Christ by faith must progress; those who are ‘infants in Christ’ (1 Corinthians 3:1) need to ‘put on the Lord Jesus Christ’ (Romans 13:14) and become mature in him.” (Reformed Ethics 325).

A Bit of Twisted Comfort: For all of us who have made mistakes…

Daily Post #47

Be Present: We have all heard this a million times, but hearing and doing are two different things. The present moment is a razor-thin slice of time between a long past and an infinite future. Some waste the present focused on the past. Some waste the present focused on the future. Jason Mraz, a song artist, has a really catchy and powerful line for being present: “Be where your feet are.” It is okay to revisit the past. It is okay to plan, set goals, and have dreams for the future. But the past is gone, the future is not yet, and tomorrow is not guaranteed. What do you have? Today. To be more specific, you have this minute and this hour. Be where your feet are. Don’t just make the coffee, but shut your eyes and enjoy the smell. Don’t just listen to your kid, but get down on a knee and look them in the eye as if to say, “There is nothing else in the world that matters to me right now.”

Two Bible Verses that Our Family is Memorizing Right Now:

(Philippians 4:13) Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

(Psalms 3:5) I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

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