Can we stop saying, “God helps those who help themselves”? At surface level it’s not sufficient, and at the theological core it’s a lie. God is in the business of, and calls us to join in, helping those who cannot help themselves.
What’s your picture of God? Your relationship with God is always mediated by your mental picture of God. So your love and passion for God will never outrun the beauty of your picture of God. The beauty of your transformation will never outrun the beauty of your picture with God.
When Paul writes, “nothing in all of creation can separate us from the love of God,” it means that in our strange human activity and creativity, we can’t even separate ourselves from the love of God.
George Bailey was struggling with failed plans and great pain, and he found himself on the brink of giving in to the darkness. Nevertheless, God showed him the hope of new life.
There are certain things that are undeniable. In this season of Advent, you are invited to prepare your heart, to offer your hope and trust, to belief like that a child, in the undeniable love of God.
The Grinch, in acknowledging the purpose and meaning of the birth of light into the darkness, went through a transformation. We are called into that season of transformation as we prepare for Christ’s birth too.
We need not be defined by the work we do; our identity is not dependent on our successes and failures. It is not your doing that will save you, it is the foundational identity of who you are as one who is claimed by God.
We often assume false identities by the names, descriptions, and comments of others. These false identities are defined as our Photo ID.
From the first day of our creation as living human beings, our invitation by God has been to receive and then to share.
The worries of this world will never subside if we continue to allow the culture of the world to dominate our worldview. So let us seek to live simply free with a focus on God’s will – free of the worry of that which is to come.