Consecration, Eternity, Fear of God, Musings

But As For Me

“When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 

Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭73:21-28‬ ‭

I look around me and I see all these people chasing the wind. They run around in circles, preening and bickering. They climb over each other to the top of it all, and wonder why they still feel so empty on the inside. They build their lives upon passing sands, and they wonder why it all shifts and collapses at a mere puff of the wind. So frantic. So restless. So meaningless.

But as for me, I will choose the better part. What does it matter if I gain the whole world and lose my soul? I will have enough wisdom to build my life around what matters in the light of eternity. 

It is complete foolishness otherwise.

Musings, Process, Trials

Steady Heart

“So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle.”
James 1:16-18 MSG

The heart of man – so fickle and so easily swayed. So rebellious, so full of clamor, so easily shaken. Tossed to and fro like the wind, deceitful above all things. But not God. From eternity’s past, He has been, and all the way to eternity’s end, beyond what we can ever see or comprehend, He will be. He never says one thing and does another. He never changes His mind and His word is always true. He is never shocked. He never falls off of His throne. He is strong, He is certain, He is unfailing.

So is the one whose trust is in Him. When we build our hopes on Him, we can always walk on steady ground. The wind and the waves can come, but we will not be shaken, because the One we cling on to is greater than ourselves and He becomes the One who guards us and covers us. When we dare to root ourselves in Him, we will be as a tree, with steady hearts that are safe for ourselves and safe for the ones around us.

That is the difference between the man full of pride, and the man who is humble. The proud man crumbles because he walks on his own, but the humble man is a mighty oak of strength because his hope is not in himself but in One who is greater.

On our own we are like leaves blown about in the wind. But the one who trusts Him will never be shaken.

Love, Musings, Truth

Love Over Dysfunction

So many people confuse dysfunction with love. But when you really break it down, it is quite simple. One robs from you, the other gives. One hurts, the other heals.

There is such a stark difference – it is not confusing at all. Love is always good, and love always heals. It is the opposite that hurts. Being cheated on hurts. Deception hurts. Lies hurt. Emotional abuse and mental manipulation hurts. Broken promises hurt. Lust hurts.

But love? No. Never. Love honors. Love protects. Love isn’t selfish. It doesn’t take and take, it always gives. Love never robs you of your self respect and dignity. Love builds you up, not tears you down. Love keeps its word. Love is full of truth, not wrongdoing. Love casts out fear. Love is pure, and love is safe. Love heals.
Dysfunction and abuse tear you down. But love is what builds you back up again. Know the difference, and have enough courage to build your life around what is true and good.

// Love; it will not betray you
Dismay or enslave you, it will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be.