Originally posted on Outreach Magazine.
Can self-forgetfulness make us happier?
C. S. Lewis said of the humble person, “He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.
One might think if you get the external clutter all fixed in your life, or most of it fixed, then you can live this simplified life and it’s all good.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves…
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
Scripture is full of imperfect, fearful warriors and champions—men and women who didn’t quite fit in or immediately stand out.
1. Prayer Doesn’t Always “Work”
If God is like Santa Claus, and prayer is a way of asking for things, then you’re going to experience a roller-coaster ride of emotions as your expectations are met and missed.
Last spring, a hollow root, twenty yards from the maple tree it once supplied with nutrients, caught fire from the small brush pile burning in our front yard.