Have you ever heard someone talk about God in a way that you knew wasn’t God? They said something like… “I can’t believe in a God who would ______” or “I can’t believe in a God who hates ______.”
The first thought that crosses my mind is, “You’re right that’s not God.”
Who is the happiest person you know? Why do you think they are so happy?
I hope that the most joyful and happy people you know are Christians, but that isn’t always the case. Some Christians really struggle with being happy. They can’t laugh. They don’t smile. It’s almost like they think it’s a sin to be happy.
In pop culture 3AM is when everything bad is supposed to happen. It’s known as the “witching hour”. 3AM has become a metaphor for when things fall apart and you hit rock bottom.
You can probably think of a few songs about 3AM and the accompanying thoughts of loneliness, depression, despair, and even suicide.
Ever seen an old building that has lost its shine and wondered why someone doesn’t do something about it?
One reason few people do something about it is because starting from scratch is way easier than working with something that has already tried other purposes.
Ever had a season where it seems one bad thing after another keeps happening?
It can get to a point where you’re afraid to even answer the phone because you think it will be more bad news.
One of my favorite things is when I come home from work or a trip and my kids scream with excitement and run to give me a hug.
Man, I pray that lasts forever!
Ever had one of those moments where you know it couldn’t have been a coincidence?
It was one of those moments where it was impossible to deny that God was and is working behind the scenes.
Do you remember superlatives from your English classes? A superlative is the greatest of any set of objects that are being compared. You recognize a superlative by the –est ending of the adjective…tallest, fastest, funniest. When you have a 3-syllable adjective it is preceded by the word “most”… most important, most valuable.
My son, who is in kindergarten, was recently taught the comparison (-er & more) and superlative form of adjectives by his 3rd grade sister. So he loves going around and showing off this newly acquired knowledge.
Are you confused about what you should do next? As you come to the end of the year and look at a new one you’ll have some decisions to make. Some will be easy, others will be difficult and painful.
Even if you know what you should do uncertainty about the details can feel paralyzing as you try to plan and move forward.
I believe your future looks very bright. No matter how dark it seems right now. Why do I believe that?
Because God always keeps His promises and He has promised to work all things together for good (Romans 8:28).