In short, it is good to hold the highest view and vision of your spouse, but no man is married to the Proverbs 31 woman, and no woman has Proverbs 31 on her resume.
Org charts and hierarchical structures matter, and the interplay of those relationships are fragile, precious, and borderline sacred, even if we would prefer that they weren’t there, or we try to pretend we’ve transcended power dynamics
The real issue is that people are mean, and they say mean things, and that hurts.
A fool is always right in his own eyes. He is not interested in learning something new. He is not interested in being challenged. He is not interested in growing. Why should he be? He has already arrived.
It’s not that evangelism training is useless, it’s just that graduating from the latest training program can be a bit like completing one year of med school. Suddenly, you discover you have eight diseases you didn’t even know existed, and you’re offering unsolicited diagnoses to every person who coughs
Prayers are not the same as thoughts. Prayer is petitioning an Almighty God, through the blood and mediation of Christ, to act in ways beyond human capacity.
Don’t assume, because you have experienced poverty or marginalization of some sort, that you are automatically above inflicting the same sort of oppression that you received.
It is not the act of wounding you that qualifies somebody as your friend; rather it is the quality of being your friend that enables someone to wound you in a good way.
In our world, name-calling and labeling is often a shortcut substitute for the hard labor of moral reasoning. You can quickly find yourself on the wrong side of the aisle, regardless of which side you hope to belong to.
As much as we might wish this was not the case, and plead the contrary, we conduct all our relationships within a transactional frame.
When we enlist the pursuit of wisdom to strive for an optimal outcome, what we are seeking is to align our own thinking as much as possible with God’s thinking.
Addiction is a short-term escape from pain that is purchased at a high interest rate of future pain.