Father, thank you for knowing me and for loving me. Even when I turn and run from you, you chase after me and catch me up in your loving arms. On my darkest days, you still know the twists and turns in the path before me, and you invite me to follow your leading. There is no darkness when I am close to you.
God, I may never understand some of the things you do, but in my most terrified, unfaithful moments, I will trust you still. When I doubt, God, search my hear and know that I still long for you. Your love is with me to the end.
Every time I pray, I learn something new about myself.
I don’t have babies, puppies, or kittens. I’m not a multi-millionaire. I haven’t invented anything revolutionary. I don’t have time to scour the web for the most inspiring stories known to man.
If you follow me, you’ll just read about my heart, my passion, my hunger for a life more fulfilling. I can’t preach to you, because I don’t have things any more figured out than you do.
If you follow me, you’re just holding hands with me as we travel together on this journey.
From childhood, we are pounded with the message that we should live our dream, and dare to be the best. We are challenged to be ambitious, to run faster, to jump higher, to hit harder.
I know this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I think that message is one of the worst parts of American culture.
This message is, at its root, materialism. The “dreams” that everyone talks about are dreams of achieving wealth, fame, or status.
We tell our kids to dream of being professional musicians, or Olympic athletes, or CEO of a company, or President of the good old U-S-of-A.
We tell our kids that they can be anything that they want to be - and then we tell them that they want to be rich and famous.
Our values are in the wrong place.
We should be telling our kids that they can be anything that they want to be - responsible adults, loving husbands, caring wives, passionate Christ-followers.
We should be telling them that they are, at times, going to fail, but that truly succeeding at life means overcoming those failures. For each of them, those obstacles will be different, and for each of them, success will be different.
Let’s emphasize the value of being a strong contribution to humanity.
Generosity begins with remembering what we’ve been delivered from and culminates in a drive to help others be delivered.
Art is struggle. If there is no struggle in it, there is no art. So next time you are overwhelmed with life, just remind yourself that you are becoming a piece of art.
Nothing anyone can say will motivate you to change unless you truly desire to change. And if you truly desire to change, you won’t need anyone else to motivate you.