Coping with life in a sinful world.
Whether it be via drinking, smoking, gaming, shows, dramas, drugs or sports - everyone is coping.
Coping with a thirst that can only be quenched by the Living Water.
No one intentionally plans to smoke, drug or amuse themselves to death.
But it happens - because the thirst is real.
Thirst for intimacy, meaning, and ecstasy.
Thirst and longing for something else than this life.
The lure of money, sex and power is real - because it appeals to our thirst.
So, next time you see people “coping” - show some love!
Dare to empathize then pave the Way to the Living Water!
Our greatest weapon lies in Remaining Forever Faithful to Love God and others.
The system of this world is hardwired to get us to Supremely Love Ourselves.
While that sounds & looks good, self-love ultimately destroys us.
For we weren’t created to love ourselves - but rather to let God love us and in return love Him and others!
The secret to a life full of JOY remains constant!
Love God. Love others.
Many justify self-love by saying that we’re supposed ‘to love others as we love ourselves’. While that sounds like a ‘good theology’ it’s also flawed. For proper self-love is only awakened by God’s lavishing & undying love for us.
We won’t know how to properly love ourselves - unless God reveals it to us through His love.
Cause you see, when we “try to love ourselves’ - we fail every time. It usually devolves and deteriorates into self-obsession, self-amusement and self-destruction.
The greatest enticement by the enemy is to lose yourself.
To keep yourself busy and occupy your mind with whatever you see fit.
To choose restlessness and thoughtlessness over contemplation and prayer.
He doesn’t want you to think, rest, recuperate, renewed and be transformed.
Rather, he wants you to be over-stimulated, tired, bored, exhausted and incessantly seek amusement & pleasure.
When our imagination is healthy and energetic, it ushers us into adoration and wonder, into the deep mysteries of God.
When it is neurotic and sluggish, it turns us into parasites, copycats, and couch potatoes.
Imagination connects what visible with the invisible - the present with the future, with what is to what is to come.
There is a desperate need for a revival of rich holy imagination of the soul today.
Brené Brown says we start off the morning thinking we didn’t get enough sleep, go through the day thinking we don’t have enough time, and fall asleep thinking we we failed to accomplish enough tasks. Whatever we have, do, or get, it’s never enough.
Throughout the day, as we interact with others, we are painfully aware of what we’re missing: looks, smarts, talent, luck, money, peace, creativity—you name it. - Michael Hyatt
If you haven’t noticed - there’s a subtle and yet egregarious system set in place in this world - where (on the surface level) we’re constantly taught to be discontent, ungrateful and full of envy.
At the same time, there’s a deeper longing in each heart - not for more acquisition & consumption - but for more surrender, renunciation. relinquishment.
Our superficial egos - will always clamor for more attention and stuff.
Our deeper souls - gently nudge us to rest, surrender and total abandonment.
And as we’ve all experienced - happiness and true contentment doesn’t come from feeding our superficial egos - but rather heeding the ever gentle nudging of our souls.
Which one will you be feeding or heeding today?
This will make all the difference in the world!
Praying for you!
If “To Live is Christ” - there are no alternatives to Christ.
Every other option is no options at all.
Christ alone is worth living for.