A few years ago, I had conversation with some friends about my ambitions in life. In my zeal and passion for security (and in pride) I told them, “I don’t know if this is rebellion, but I am going to this place. But if God says no, I won’t go peacefully. I will fight for it with […]Read more "Ambitions and Vocation"
I put a lot of stock in my feelings. I can assume my feelings and impressions are absolute truth. So when God feels distant, I begin to think that something is wrong. I start going over a check–list and wonder what happened and how I can fix the unknown issue. But the issue is not that God has moved away from me, […]Read more "Not As Far As You Feel"
I typed the email and pushed send. I wondered if she received it. Hopefully, she would like the email. I knew it was a long–shot, but, I figured I should get this off my chest. I liked her. I wanted to make sure she knew that I liked her. A little while later, I received an […]Read more "Rejection"
I worry a lot. I worry about many trivial things. Some mornings I wake up and wonder if I worry too much. I am scared. I get scared of being worried because a good Christian does not worry. A good Christian trusts in God. If this is true, then I am not a good Christian. […]Read more "Worry much?"
When I look inward, I have a hard time seeing anything good in myself. In one sense, this is good. We (hopefully) hear and read these truths that if we properly assess our standing before God, we fail to meet the demands of a loving, holy God. This is good. It crushes our independence and […]Read more "Navel–Gazers"
I love giving hope to people through my words. I think it’s one of the ways that God has equipped me to help people see Jesus. It’s much more than quoting a bible passage and telling someone “Believe all things will work together for good.” Discouragement and sadness are not immediately remedied by quoting Romans 8:28 (or any […]Read more "Suffering is scary (and that’s okay)"
(I recently shared this devotion in one of my classes with a focus on 2 Cor 4:7-8. I was able to use some of the skills that I have been learning for the past four years into use. Below is my translation of the greek and interpretation as I wrestled with text [using a tool called “arcing”] and […]Read more "Jars of Clay"