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Wisdom isn’t in the end point, the one thing that will instantly make life easier or powerfuller or more fun. Wisdom is the beginning.
Christ teaches us that those whose hearts are calloused have missed the mark. Those whose hearts are tender have a better chance of finding Jesus.
Maybe the way to maturity is through immaturity. Maybe both conditions are gifts from God, who thought the journey would be good for us.
We are suddenly and critically aware that our body is deeply connected to, and responsible for, the One Great Body.
Bowing towards each other is possible when we have a third power, a third way, a deeper understanding of what we are doing here on earth in the first place.
Gifts aren’t given to decisions; they are given to the place you have decided God is at work. If your gift makes you grumpy – are you in the right place?
The God who leads us beside still waters is also the God of our most disturbing provocations.
The story doesn’t start at the burning bush. It starts with a God-given impulse to go farther than we might tend to go, to open ourselves up to go where God might be.
Grief is one thing, people say; vengeance is another. I don’t understand the impulse of vengeance. But I can listen and try to learn. Not skip over it. Not judge it.
Maybe you’ve been feeling tired. Heart low. Eyes downcast. Overwhelmed. Too discouraged to place much hope in goodness. Hush – be still in the solace of God’s lap.