The concept of “confession” conjures images of a veiled priest sitting in a confession booth ready to absolve you of your sins. Protestants have it a little easier; they can go directly to God and ask for forgiveness without involving a middleman. Regardless of the religious system, the outcome tends to be the same - a relieved conscience. However, “confession” doesn’t necessarily result in life-change. What happens if “confession” simply provides a license to sin again?
Holding a grudge is a guilty pleasure. We all love to think about how we would have just the right words to say at just the right time to make our enemies feel small in front of all the right people. But what if holding a grudge is more sinister than we think? What if the grudge is less about the other person and more about us? What if there is a better way to handle these kinds of situations?
Your doctor can prescribe you the best medicine, but it does no good if you don’t take it. You can own the top-rated running shoes, but they do nothing if you don’t exercise. You can gather all the nutritional information regarding the foods you eat, but it does no good if you don’t adjust your diet. Application is the only thing that makes a difference.
There is something in us, especially men, that drifts toward isolation, independence, and autonomy. In many ways, we see it as a life goal, but if we attain it, it has the potential to destroy everything we love and hope for the most.
Work. Family. Hobbies. Fitness. Housekeeping. Socializing. Sleep. Church. With only 24 hours in each day, we simply can’t fit everything in. There’s not enough of you to go around and what we choose to “cheat” matters more than we know. There is a solution, and strangely enough, the solution is similar to the problem.
Every one of us will wrestle/are wrestling at some level with this dilemma. If you have ever had something you placed your hope in come crashing down around you, you know: Pandemic, marriage, career, wealth, health, engagement, academic, athletics. If you have ever thought, “Why even try? What’s the use? What’s the point?” then you know this dilemma.
Uncertainty is God’s favorite environment. It seems that’s when he gets the most accomplished.
Here’s the question we must each answer for ourselves as we face our personal, national and global uncertainty: Is it possible that God is still active, still accomplishing his purposes when there is no indication of his activity? Active in your world and the world? When everything seems to be going backwards? Dark?