Something More Than Ourselves (April 22)

Something More Than Ourselves (April 22)

We should cherish the idea of rich relationship, both with God and those who’ve been created in His image. We ought to work on building good relationships. And the maintenance of our relationships ought to be one of our most pressing priorities.

When Meaning Makes a Thing Important (April 21)

When Meaning Makes a Thing Important (April 21)

Take time to find out what things mean. These days, most of us stay so busy with our own trivia, we rarely stop to ask the meaning of even the most important things around us. But we’re the losers when we fail to ask, “What does that mean?”

On Being Glad That God Is Good (April 20)

On Being Glad That God Is Good (April 20)

Knowing that God is “merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth” should make us want to reach out to Him. He is a God for whom we can yearn with admiration. Oh, how nourishing it is to know that He desires to save us!

Does Your Life Look Desperate? (April 19)

Does Your Life Look Desperate? (April 19)

If there were no such thing as God and nothing worth reaching for beyond this world, then desperation would be an understandable response to the condition the world is in. But there is, in fact, a God, and that should make all the difference.

Consequences Can’t Be Avoided Forever (April 18)

Consequences Can’t Be Avoided Forever (April 18)

Are we ready to eat the fruit of our ways? We should be, because the “banquet” is surely being prepared and we’ll have no choice but to eat it when it’s set before us. We can run, but we can’t hide. The law of cause and effect will operate.

Being Lost Takes Persistence Too (April 17)

Being Lost Takes Persistence Too (April 17)

There’s only one sin that will kill us, and that’s the sin we refuse to repent of and seek God’s forgiveness for. If we end up being lost eternally, it won’t be because we made mistakes along the way — it’ll be because we persisted in our mistakes.

Checkmate (April 16)

Checkmate (April 16)

When we find ourselves checkmated by God, we should be thankful. By all rights, He should have given up on us long ago, but in His grace He has not yet done so. We should respond rightly, in word and deed, to the fact that God has blocked our path.

No Comfortable Cross (April 15)

No Comfortable Cross (April 15)

If our Lord chose the concept of crucifixion to describe the removal of sin from our lives, we ought not to expect that process to be entirely pleasant. The destruction of our habits requires nothing less than the dying of the person we used to be.

The Positive Choice Is Possible! (April 14)

The Positive Choice Is Possible! (April 14)

One encouraging thing to keep in mind is that each positive choice creates momentum and strength. If we choose in the present moment to do what is right, we’ll find the next moment much easier to deal with. Every good decision leads to another.

Joyful Longing (April 13)

Joyful Longing (April 13)

Contentment and desire are not contradictory. We can long for God with a joy that’s as deep as our longing. We can reach forward eagerly but also gratefully. So we need to long for God fervently, yet with a joy that is real right now.

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