Phil Cooke (writer, television producer, and media consultant who’s worked with Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Salvation Army, Mercy Ships, The American Bible Society, and many more) addresses us who are tempted to think, “I’m so busy, but don’t seem to be accomplishing anything. There never seems to be enough time to relax, read a book, reflect, or think.” If you find yourself complaining about how busy you are, try his tips, especially regarding your digital life.
For most of your life, you’ve likely witnessed it: some people are content to remain at their current level of understanding, education, even spiritual development and maturity. It’s observable in any facet of life where growth is possible. At some point, for some, growth becomes “optional” – even though that’s not an option in Scripture. So there they sit, seemingly in a recliner, on a plateau. It might be on the job, in their marriage, in the spiritual life and the like.
"Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance..."
Ernest Hemingway told the story of a Spanish father and his teenage son, whose relationship got so strained, the boy ran away from home. His father then began a journey – the search for his runaway son.
The temptation of the age is to look good without being good.
It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.
Neil Cole asserts that contemporary evangelism has focused on "the conversation" over the gospel or having “correct answers” to defend our beliefs. In Jesus' pattern though, he says keys to sharing the gospel are:
How does a lapse of faith occur? Very simply: one begins to live like everybody else.
American cultural traditions define personality, achievement, and the purpose of human life in ways that leave the individual suspended in glorious, but terrifying, isolation.
Are you growing? Ephesians 4:15: “but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ…”
Growing up. How intentional have you been lately about moving forward in the dimensions of life and throwing off the shackles of passivity?