Sometimes, well most of the time, we have no idea what we’re doing, and it’s ok to admit that. No one has it all together, however together they seem to have it.
We’re broken, all of us.
Dusting off a blog. Taking a minute to remember your login. Reacquainting yourself with the keyboard. Sitting for hours looking at a blinking line, begging you to type, but your fingers not feeling the inspiration. Your mind commanding you to just start writing, but you not willing to show your inane thoughts to the public. Don’t want to show how naked you really are. Wanting to be coherent, insightful, brilliant, and inspiring all at the same time. Realizing it’s not that easy.
Once again, I’m feeling the bookmark on my browser named “Surpassing Worth” calling to me. I hear its whimper from long neglect. Like my visits to Lids or The Finish Line, I’m always browsing, but I never take the bait to buy. Sure, I have moments, nearly every other day when I think, “Hey, that’d be a killer blog entry” or “Oh! I need to write that down.” But what comes of it? Absolutely nothing.
You know what else is typical? A blogger stunned at how long it’s been since their last post, vowing to change their ways and blog more often. You know what that means, right? It means they’ve been inspired by someone that actually does what they say they’re going to do: write. You know what else that means, right? It means it’s only a matter of time that this blogger will lose steam and come back in a year to think to themselves, “Wow, has it really been that long?!”
I’m not making any promises, but I think I need to write more. It’s an expression of my soul that I have long missed. Less for you, really more for me.
We read a lot of garbage these days. Judging from the New York Times Best-Seller List, America consumes romance, fictional thrillers, & self-betterment books like it’s going out of style. In my short years of reading and learning from the hard work of the authors that write the books, I’ve come across both garbage and precious stones. I’d like to say that every book is life-shaping in one way or another, but I thought I’d compile a short list of books that have changed my perspective on life and most importantly, shaped my thoughts about God. I don’t want to bore you with my thoughts on each and every book, but I hope at least the list can serve you well in exploring a bit further those books that I’ve found to be diamonds in the rough.
these are in no particular order
1. Desiring God by John Piper
2. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
3. The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
4. Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
5. Kingdom Prologue by Meredith Kline
6. Simply Christian by N.T. Wright
7. Revolution in World Mission by K.P. Yohannan
8. A Hunger for God by John Piper
9. The Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan Rah
10. The Confessions by Augustine
“Save me for the sake of your steadfast love” Psalm 6:4
Would not this sentence be more appropriate if it read, “Save me for my own sake“? It seems odd to me that David, the psalm writer, would ask God to save him, for the sake of God’s steadfast love. In other words, how does David’s saving lead to a lifting up of God’s steadfast love?
It seems that for some reason, the saving of David leads to a magnifying of God’s steadfast love. I think precisely because God’s love is magnified when God gives to David what is ultimately best for him and that is God. So when God saves David, he saves David to Himself, giving David the greatest thing he could ever want or desire.
As somewhat of an aside, I was at a conference last night at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, featuring some top notch thinkers of the Evangelical Faith. At the conference, echoing statements made by both Dr. Jack Davis of GCTS, and Dr. Miroslav Volf of Yale Divinity, struck me. They echoed similarly that the Church lacked the concrete reality of God in its life. Meaning, the Church has lost any sense of who God really is and that He is the ultimate reality, more real than the chair we comfortably sit in as we listen to our favorite preacher. Volf proposed that the only way to combat the increasingly sensational thirst & desire of our present age, or what he terms, ‘The Empire of Desire’, “we need to make plausible that the love of God is the key to human flourishing (or satisfaction).” All this to say, David’s salvation is for the sake of God’s steadfast love, because it shows that God saves David, not only to give him more of the earthly things he desires, but he saves David to give him more of God, who is the ultimate reality and, as Volf might say, the only hope for human flourishing.
“You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.”
How true. Joy that this world may never know. But incredible how my heart longs for their grain and wine.
Your joy is joy.
I loved Nintendo, because of the reset button. I’d be on level 9 of Super Mario Brothers soaring through the stage on my last life, when one of those huge bullets would catch me out of nowhere! So instead of facing the fact that I’m gonna have to start all over again, I quickly nudge the “reset” button. perfect. let’s try this again…
Life’s restarting again in so many ways. There’s always a freshness about the new school year that allows you to feel like you’ve just hit “reset”. perfect. let’s try this again…
Jesus, I need you.
just got back a sample of our wedding pics!
if you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding or event, you GOTTA look up Wayne. He’s so sick it hurts… check out his work!
here are some of my favorites
I had to sport the Jordan’s! it wouldn’t be me without ’em. Retro Jordan Jumpman Pros!
The Entourage. This is how we roll. Reality TV, not HBO.
and my favorite. SO hardcore.