Tired? Weary? Come to Jesus…

Tired? Weary? Come to Jesus…

I try so hard. I really, really try hard. I give everything I have to do all the things. As I try I get tired. Weary is a word that I am becoming more acquainted with. I am finding it to be an apt description of my state of being many times. Weary is more than tired, it won't be solved by taking a nap. Weariness comes from a depletion of the soul within us. We have given so much of ourselves that we just don't have anything left to give. We are like cups that have been poured out and never refilled. To be weary is a state of the soul, not the body. When our body is tired we nap or go to bed early and we can recover. What do we do when our soul is weighted down, heavy, and exhausted? Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take...
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Life Is Hard

Life Is Hard

Too many of us believe that life is supposed to be easy. We are surprised when it turns out to be hard and difficult. When bad things happen we are taken aback and we can't figure out why "bad things happen to good people." The sad reality of living in a world that is broken and marred by sin is that bad things do happen. There is trouble, there is pain, there is sadness. We live in a state of entropy. There is randomness and a decline into disorder. Because of this there will be trouble. I am grateful that the Scriptures do not sugar coat this life. They point us to reality and if we listen will be better prepared for when the heartbreak and sadness comes. Paul writes, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be...
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To Know

To Know

Often I have heard it said that to really know something you have to teach it. I have also heard people say that the longest journey is the one that goes from the head to the heart. Inherent in both these ideas is the fact that we know that "to know" is deeper than something intellectual. It's not just the ability regurgitate facts and ideas. To truly know is something almost intangible. None of us can really communicate it with words, we know it when we see it or experience it. When I mentor people we talk about the learning process. I use and illustration of a square made famous by Mike Breen. He talks about a four step process: unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, unconscious competence, and finally conscious competence.  This last stage, "conscious competence," comes about when we know that we know that we know. Jesus said, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the...
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“I AM”

“I AM”

Some words mean more than others. They point us to a truth or depth that is beyond what the words mean on the surface. "Lord Stanley's Cup" means something so profound to many people that they get a chill just thinking about it. I remember the first time that I was in the presence of "The Cup" and I stood there wondering if I should even touch it. It was awesome. In the Bible we learn that the name of God is "I AM." This little phrase was so significant that many tried to avoid using that construction in reference to themselves. Then Jesus comes along and embraces it as his own. In the gospel of John, Jesus self-identifies as "I AM" seven times. I am the bread of life. John 6:35 I am the light of the world. John 8:12 I am the gate the for the sheep. John 10:7 I am the good shepherd. John 10:11 I am the resurrection and the life. John 11:25 I am the...
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Don’t Lose Heart…

Don’t Lose Heart…

Life is hard. Fact. We have seasons of life being "easy," but by and large, life is hard. Why? Because the reality is that we live in a world that is broken. It's a marvelous and beautiful world, but there is brokenness everywhere. In Christianity, we call this "sin." Because humanity has set aside it's identity as image bearer of the Creator we experience sin and brokenness. We were made for Eden. Deep down in the core of our being we are drawn to the beautiful and the good because that is who we are. Yet, as a result of our choosing idolatry and self over the worship of God, this world, within which we live, is no longer perfect. We long for a better world. In the face of struggle, strife, and toil it would be easy to lose heart. The Apostle Paul wrote, "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by...
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