Our current era of high anxiety has been fed directly by our addiction to social media. It has given social media hackers and experts all the fuel they need to exploit and manipulate an entire culture in ways we would laugh at a generation or two ago.Continue reading “Anxiety in the age of social media”
I don’t mind living a little bit “out there” so people can examine what is going on in my life spiritually and theologically. I don’t mind engaging in hard issues, like racism, immigration, etc.
It does get a bit tougher when it comes to very personal matters, but I also know there are people who have the same struggles I have and for whatever reason don’t voice them. If I share just a little bit more of my life, there is an opportunity for people to identify and think, “Maybe it’s time for me to try this.” Continue reading “Saving my life and my ministry”
This summer has been an increase of pressure in my life. Most certainly know this, and this summer has been one of those time periods for me. Add to that all the craziness in our world and what we have is a toxic mixture of anxiety. Continue reading “Dealing with anxiety”
Painful words from Paul that challenge me:
Do not be anxious about anything (Phil. 4:6) Continue reading “Deliver us from anxiety”
Over the years I have watched the Lord lead me to so many victories. I have been amazed at the process. This is truly a “long obedience in the same direction,” as Eugene Peterson would put it. Yet, I keep struggling with one basic thing. Continue reading “My hardest struggle”
In my reading list, I moved from the end of Romans 8 to the beginning of Psalm 23. Continue reading “The blessedness of his presence”
Let rejoicing replace anxiety. Continue reading “The settled heart leads to powerful action”
We live in the midst of huge cultural shifts. Mentality in so many things has shifted.
Sometimes we forget, or maybe didn’t even know, that in any shift… we have choices. We can choose “doom and gloom” or we can choose joy. Joy doesn’t mean “lack of problems.” In fact, it may compound problems. But we can still choose joy. We can choose the way of blessing, not cursing.
Choosing joy does not mean abandoning truth. It does not mean abandoning allegiance to the Kingdom of God. It may mean a less firm hold on our cultural allegiances and long-time framework.
We need to learn to lose. We need to learn to lose a few “cultural battles” because ultimately those things fade away. They will blow away like sand with time. We just may not like the way things are blowing right now.
Daniel was faced with unbelievable upheaval. It wasn’t just a cultural shift. It was a political, military, life shift. But he chose to live in blessing, even while standing for truth. He risked. And God rewarded. He ended up blessing his captor’s culture. By the time we get to Daniel 4 he is desiring good for Nebuchadnezzar! He wants the king, his captor, to choose the way of life. He mourns the thought of Nebuchadnezzar choosing wrong.
In these hard shifting days, may we have the strength in our lives to choose joy. The enemy robs through anxiety. Jesus restores through joy.
When we really take in what Jesus is saying about the power of the Kingdom, we come to his amazing “guarantee:” you won’t worry.
No matter how many times I read this passage in Matthew 6, I still choke on this passage. Worry. Anxiety. Things that keep me up. Things that wake me up. Things that give me nightmares.
And Jesus says, “Stop.”
It does go back to FOCUS. When my treasure is in Christ, I learn to TRUST.
Life is so much more than the stuff I worry over.
Life is about his kingdom. My attention, my affections, are to be in his direction and he graciously takes care of the “little” stuff in my life.
Let my life be devoted to treasuring Jesus.