A life following Jesus isn't an easy life. But it's the best possible life we could ever live. And it takes us to the best place we could ever be: the heart of God, the very definition of goodness. You’d think we’d rush to taste that goodness. What kind of healthy human doesn’t want to experience inner peace, to be truly and faithfully loved, to live with a sense that they and their lives matter? Yet we hold back....afraid the sweetness holds poison. Convinced the fruit we’ve been told is scrumptious will turn out sour or bland. Suspicious that the goodness is all taste and no nourishment for our famished souls.
Yes, trouble may chase us. Pain may nag us. Sorrow might ambush us again and again. Guilt and shame may nip at our heels. But the only things that can keep up with us, day in and day out, all the days of our lives, are the goodness and faithful love of God. And like the Good Shepherd He is, He will send them after us relentlessly. No, scratch that – He’ll come after us Himself, bringing them with Him. Because that’s who He is.
What does a life owned by God look like?
Even in the midst of heart-stopping terror, He offers the heart-healing, life-giving good news of His presence, love, and care.
I get tired of fighting the God who controls everything. And I think He loves me, which makes it worse.
Sudden hard times demand answers to some very important questions: What kind of God do you follow? What gives your life meaning? Where will you look for comfort and help that actually deliver?
Like walking with my horse, walking with Jesus means stepping out with these three things.
In honor of World Rare Disease Day, I share some life lessons from my first year of living with a rare diagnosis.
The hair salon is probably the only public place where people go in looking their worst, and come out looking their best. Time spent with God is like that.