“Somewhere along the way, I picked up an unwritten checklist of sorts explaining what
‘good Christians’ are supposed to do: Pray. Read your Bible. Go to church. Don’t cuss. Be nice.” Pg 9
Admittedly this is the slowest we have ever gone through a book. Perhaps it’s because those significant, thought-provoking nuggets are everywhere. I want to move slowly through our reading so we can inspect each one of these treasures as these inspirational passages call to my heart, ‘Mention me.’ So here goes.
The passage above can define many of us. Perhaps it’s the largest paradox in the lives of Christians. I would add a few things to my list (which is insight into my struggles): Don’t judge others. Don’t crab at people (even when you don’t feel good.) Listen to others. Give freely. And on, and on, and on. Have you ever been there?
Lysa goes on to say, “This nagging sense creeps in that you’ll never get it--that you don’t have what it takes to be a Christian.” As she works through this process, she finally writes that it’s actually in finding nearness with God that our confidence grows and heaviness is relieved. Amen!
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. James 4:8a
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