Are you living in bold, or in italics?
As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” (Romans 8:36)
We're looking for our perfect house - and it has to be in this school district.
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)
Work has been so crazy. I need this vacation. I deserve it.
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:3-5)
God wants me to be fulfilled. God wants me to be happy. God wants all good things for me. I'm believing in his promises.
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
It's been like forever since we've been to church. Summer was crazy. And it looks like the fall's pretty crazy, too. But that's ok. I don't think you have to go to church in order to be a Christian. Life with God is more than church attendance.
10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land. (Deuteronomy 15:10-11)
The thought of giving away 10% of my income - I mean, I should, I guess. But I don't know how that would even work. House payment, car payments, insurance, taxes, food, a little bit to play with... what's left over after that? Besides: everything I've got, I've worked for.
32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” (Acts 20:32-35)
I'm so tired after work I can't seem to get myself up to do much of anything else. Kids' schedule is crazy. It's hard enough to just be an employee and a parent. Maybe in a different season of life, I'll have more time for something else. But I think right now, God just wants me to focus on being a good worker and a good parent.
This isn't meant to shame you into doing something different.
I just want you to see it differently. So many of us are living in ways that we think God puts his stamp of approval on, when maybe -
Just maybe -
He wants us to live differently.