I have several writing goals and dreams that are primarily rooted in a desire to magnify God, build the Church, and spur the mission. Ambition—when oriented rightly—is a good fruit in Christians that should be encouraged! But too often, sin pollutes things. I recently drafted an article exploring this topic of "godly ambition." At the … Continue reading Dreams Can Destroy You
"For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing." Romans … Continue reading I Want to Do Right… but I Keep Doing Wrong.
We tend to be pendulum swingers. If we struggle in a particular way, we push back too hard in the opposite direction. This often happens with the topic of comparison, especially among women. Because there are so many sinful ways we're tempted to compare, we’ve overcompensated. “Be content with who you are” has been repackaged … Continue reading Comparison Isn’t Always “The Thief of Joy”… Sometimes It Helps Us Grow
When God saves us and puts a new heart within us, we will genuinely desire to grow in holiness. But the problem is, we often want shortcuts. We want to BE without the hard process of BECOMING. We want to be patient without having our patience tested. We want to be forgiving without others sinning … Continue reading There Are No Shortcuts to Holiness
My life has been good. I was given a good childhood, good education, good marriage, good finances, good job, good heath, good family, good church, good friends, good house, good, good, good... That doesn't mean I haven't walked through trials. I have. I've lost a job, lost friendships, lost loved ones, lost a baby through … Continue reading When Life Is Good: Two Temptations to Fight
More and more often, I live waiting for projects, trials, seasons, and to-do lists to be finished. I'm plagued by the illusion that contentment comes from completion. Once I hit a particular deadline, or accomplish a particular task, or meet a particular goal, I'll be ok. I'm only stressed because of what's unfinished. But the … Continue reading The Unfinished Race