Reading Holy Scripture

If you will profit by reading Scripture, read humbly, simply, and faithfully, and never desire to gain by your reading the name of the learned. Ask gladly and heed humbly the saying of saints, and do not disdain the parables of the ancient Fathers, for they were not spoken without great cause. — Thomas A’ Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

On Living Well

Well-ordered living is not to be belittled, for it is good and comes from God, but a clean conscience and a virtuous life are much better and more to be desired. Because some men study to have learning rather than to live well, they err many times, and bring forth little good fruit or none. — Thomas A’ Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

Lead me into deeper self-examination, Lord

“Oh, how we need a deeper musing on our perennial knack for disobedience and God’s unbounded habit of mercy. Oh, how we need a richer contemplation on that Life that is life indeed and that shows us the way so we may follow in his steps. Oh, how we need a fuller meditation on that death that sets us free. And, oh, how we need a more profound experience of that resurrection that empowers us to obey Christ in all things.” — Richard Foster, Longing for God 

Restore to me the sense of wonder

This week we’ve received the news of the transition of Eugene Peterson. I have been deeply impacted by his life and work and continue to feel his impact that will last long past his time on this earth.

I’m also working my way through a biography of Dallas Willard, another spiritual giant in my life who continues his walk with Christ in the very presence of the Savior as well. Continue reading “Restore to me the sense of wonder”

Your “humble servant”

“Humility is the virtue of which I am most proud.”

I hate it when my humble service goes unnoticed. (Really hurts my reputation as a “servant leader.”)

There are true tests the Lord brings into our lives, in all seriousness. What we are not currently interested in (and me among that number) is the work of true humility. Not in a era where “servant leadership” is something celebrated in front of huge crowds.

But, in the meantime, I work to find humor as I strive to find “humble service.” 🙂