What does it mean to be devoted?
Devotion/devoted is defined as: “Commitment to some purpose; feelings of ardent love.”
I’ve been thinking about devotion lately, namely, what I am devoted to.
If I’m honest with myself, I am too often devoted to myself: my comforts, my needs, my attempts to arrange my life to avoid pain.
Notice the operative word is “my.” And that’s the problem. When I devote my attention and time to myself, I miss so much of what God is doing and what’s going on with others. [click to continue…]
Carl had a lot of influence on me and other kids on the street I lived on growing up. All of us would gather together to play basketball or street hockey or just goof around, and Carl would say, “Hey, you guys want to do this…?”
And “this” always meant something that could get us in trouble: like crawling through sewer tunnels or sneaking onto forbidden property up the hill.
And every time Carl would present his plan, I knew it wasn’t a good idea. My mom noticed it too, and would say, “Be careful of Carl. I don’t trust him.” [click to continue…]
Think about these phrases you’ve heard at some point in your life:
You can do anything you want.
Believe in yourself.
Don’t let them see you sweat (i.e., don’t be weak).
Don’t rely on anyone but yourself.
So what’s the problem with these ideas? Well, a lot, really. First off: [click to continue…]
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get overwhelmed living in this world. I watch the news and hear about the ISIS group terrorizing Iraq, or the spread of the Ebola virus.
David Brainerd, a great man of faith who lived in the 1700′s, wrote in his diary, “Towards the night, was very weary and tired of this world of sorrow… and find it very difficult to maintain any sense of divine things.”
Can you relate? I know I can. [click to continue…]
There is one thing in life that is always constant. It shows up when we least expect it and often takes us by surprise. The memory of it hits us in the middle of the night or when we are doing some mundane routine such as brushing our teeth or driving to the store.
It seeks to knock the wind out of sails and cause us to give up all together. It attempts to assail us at every turn and tempt us to take an easier path, or worse, to leave the path all together.
What is it? [click to continue…]