I know now, Lord, why You utter no answer. You are Yourself the answer.
— C.S. Lewis
Jesus came to show us that the gospel explains success in terms of giving, not taking; self-sacrifice, not self-protection; going to the back, not getting to the front. The gospel shows that we win by losing, we triumph through defeat, we achieve power through service, and we become rich by giving ourselves away.
— Tullian Tchividjian (via breanna-lynn)
The Christian life is a celebration of the finished work of the cross. It is not a burden or an obligation.
— Mattie Montgomery
- World: If someone hits you, you hit them back.
- God: If someone hits you, turn the other cheek.
- World: Your life is worthless.
- God: Your life is everything to me.
- World: Give into the desires and temptations you long for.
- God: Let me chisel you into the original masterpiece I made you as.
- World: Life is meaningless. Kill yourself.
- God: Life is meaningful and full of wonderful mysteries from Me. Be patient just a little longer, I am coming soon.
- World: Love is sex, money, and pleasures.
- God: Love is defined by what My Son, what He did for You on that cross.
- World: Give up.
- God: Try it one more time my child. This time trust in Me and it will happen.
At times we don’t think we deserve encouragement, as if they’re encouraging some ‘fake version’ of ourselves that wouldn’t stand up to scrutiny. We downplay it not out of humility, but out of a secret sense of shame. ‘Well if they really knew me,’ we say, ‘then they would run.’ Or, ‘I need to catch up to these compliments.’ But you know: God knows you better than you know you, and He still loves that mess. He still encourages you. He sends people to brag on you; not some future version of you but you right now, because He can see what you cannot. Don’t twist that into pride or despair. Let it be part of who you’re becoming; no less, no more.
— (via jspark3000)
To be submissive, to abandon yourself entirely without reserve, to be content with being discontented for as long as God wills or permits, will make you advance more in one day than you would in a hundred days spent in sweetness and consolation.
— Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
— Romans 12:12