Sin and forgiveness and falling and getting back up and losing the pearl of great price in the couch cushions but then finding it again, and again, and again? Those are the stumbling steps to becoming Real, the only script that's really worth following in this world or the one that's coming.
Too many Christians are living in a house of fear and not in the house of love.
By and large, the gospel of grace is neither proclaimed, understood, nor lived.
Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.
Trust is that rare and priceless treasure that wins us the affection of our heavenly Father.
The dominant characteristic of an authentic spiritual life is the gratitude that flows from trust - not only for all the gifts that I receive from God, but gratitude for all the suffering. Because in that purifying experience, suffering has often been the shortest path to intimacy with God.
My trust in God flows out of the experience of his loving me, day in and day out, whether the day is stormy or fair, whether I'm sick or in good health, whether I'm in a state of grace or disgrace. He comes to me where I live and loves me as I am.
Childlike surrender and trust, I believe, is the defining spirit of authentic discipleship.
God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be.
Without exposure to potential failure, there is no risk.