The sunset is always the same thing, just the same earth spinning around the same sun, yet it’s never the same. Freshly captivating every time, but still really the same sunset as it has always been.
And I suppose that is just one more way He is reflected through His creation.
"We live between overlapping realities—one broken and another being healed. Joy and sorrow, grief and celebration, cannot be locked away in separate compartments. Yet that’s what we try to do. Looking at one without the other means we see only a portion of the whole story of this broken world being healed. When we look at grief on its own we fail to see that God is healing the world through the work of Jesus, that he is making things beautiful and turning darkness into light before us. When we live only in light of reasons to celebrate, as if joy is the only reality, we banish all thoughts of grief and turn a blind eye to the brokenness in ourselves and in the world. We forget how much we have been rescued from, and we ignore the fact that we still need healing. We ought not to be surprised when we find traces of pain in joy or beauty in sorrow, for this is the nature of living in a broken world being redeemed.”
We are experts at looking down and around. Comparison steals our joy, defeat kills our motivation. In every storm, we search everywhere for the change of the tide to make us like everyone else, but the rest we so desperately seek is in the arms of a Savior that is above the waves. We must stop drowning ourselves. Above the waves is where Jesus waits.
Be ashamed when you sin, not when you repent.
We assume others show love the same way we do — and if they don’t, we worry it’s not there.
"Yet through their tears and pain, Middle Eastern believers are taking comfort that this hardship confirms the authenticity of their faith. They are seeing the Lord bring about scores of conversions."
"If personal holiness in all of life is our calling, then how this happens at work matters. God will be pleased if you ask the question: How does this job fit into the overall strategy of my pursuit of Christ-like character."