A life verse can help us move on from our old stories of failure and defeat by replacing the lies we’ve believed about ourselves with God’s truth.
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
It’s not a matter of talking about salt and light nearly as much as actually being salt and light. It’s a lifestyle that forgoes condemning and criticizing the world and chooses to bless it instead.
Most likely you’re aware of a modern criticism levied at the Bible claiming that it’s no longer relevant or practical for us today.
What I’m counting on here is not the dream—it’s the faithfulness of God.
by Connally Gilliam and Paula Rinehart, authors of And Yet, Undaunted
Every heart comes up to this fork in the road, many times.
Things like good health and strong relationships are gifts from God, and we honor him by stewarding them well. Yet if they become the focus of our lives, we are in danger of missing our calling.
You can imagine the Lord speaking your name, saying “I love you so much.” Instinctively, you reply, “Thank you, Lord.” The conversation has begun.
Idolatry isn’t just wrong—it fails miserably in bringing the lasting happiness it promises.
As we near the end of our lives and glance back, the most disappointing things we see may not be the things we didn’t do so wonderfully; they may be the wonderful things we intended to do but never began.