A wicked person doesn’t set out to be a tornado of obtuseness. On the contrary, they believe they serve as universal benefactors, dropping pearls of wisdom on whoever is fortunate enough to pass by their cloud of blessing.
When it comes to our spiritual life, it’s not as if God decides to overwrite his laws of work and reward. We just have to understand them differently.
Bud Light’s motto used to be that “it won’t fill you up and will never let you down.” That’s essentially what we want from our desires.
Real life isn’t glitzy and glamorous. Real life doesn’t come with a filter. Real life is cleaning up dishes and returning that shirt that looked better online.
Are you genuinely seeking to build up your household, or are you just troubling those who are closest to you, because they have a harder time than others ducking out of your line of fire?
When you get wisdom, you benefit yourself first, and then the effects trickle out from there.
It taps into one of the most powerful lies of sin: I’ll get the benefits without the consequences
To take the analogy of touching a red-hot stove, it’s not as if it only burns you four out of five times, but maybe you’ll get lucky.
We simultaneously give too much credit to ourselves in what we can control through self-help and habit modification, and don’t give ourselves enough credit as agents of worship and desire as opposed to victims in need of neurological re-wiring and healing from trauma.
Abstaining from resolutions is itself a plan. It’s a plan for status quo, which, given the nature of our world, is an unrealistic one.
Even if clouds and rain cover your life, and you can’t see the sun, it’s there, and it’s only rising higher, never lower.
“Does the Lord have as great a delight in stars of Bethlethem and posting Christmas eve photos as He does in obeying the voice of the Lord?”