“And remember that God doesn’t ask you to be successful, only faithful. We don’t know how many of Paul’s guards came to faith in Christ. We only know that Paul did his part.” Philippians: A Double-Edged Bible Study by Think LifeChange.
I am often shy about sharing the gospel because I don’t know what to say, our am fearful that I will say something wrong, or maybe that I will offend someone. But its helpful to be reminded of Paul’s bravery and courage in Philippians 1 when he was in prison. He was fearless and confident in his faithfulness to Christ when he shared the good news. May we be all be as courageous.
“The opposite of a childlike spirit is a cynical spirit. Cynicism is, increasingly, the dominant spirit of our age. Personally, it is my greatest struggle in prayer. If I get an answer, sometimes I’ll think, it would have happened anyway. Other times I’ll try to pray but wonder if it makes any difference.” A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller.
Paul Miller’s chapters on cynicism and its affect on our prayer life were incredibly convicting. It is very difficult to fight the temptation to become cynical – I see it everywhere in our culture, and (painfully) in my own heart as well. What an amazing reminder that we worship the God of all hope! I have been memorizing Romans 8:31-32 this year, and it has been so helpful in confronting this particular sin of cynicism, reminding me of God’s incredible goodness.
“My, my, welcome, welcome to the land of Expectations! Now what can I do for you? I am the Whether Man.”
“What kind of place is Expectations?” inquired Milo.
“Expectations is the place you must always go to before you get to where you’re going. Of course, some people never go beyond Expectations, but my job is to hurry them along whether they like it or not”, answered Whether Man. “Whether or not you find your own way, you’re bound to find some way. If you happen to find my way, please return it, as it was lost years ago. I imagine by now it’s quite rusty.”
“I think I can find my own way”, decided Milo.
“I’m glad you made your own decision. I do so hate to make up my mind about anything, whether it’s good or bad, up or down, in or out, rain or shine. Expect everything, I always say, and the unexpected never happens….” The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
What does God have to say about expectation? Luke 3:15 “Now the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John , whether he was the Christ or not. AND Luke 12:40 “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
So are you a little more inspired? I hope so! I would love to hear what you have read this week other than labels in the grocery store, or *amazing* blogs, or People magazine (you know who you are). In the comments, please share:
- The name of the book you’ve read
- The author of the book
- The quote (1-100 words)
- Your response to it (especially special!)