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Our Imperfect Reality

All of us are not who we should be. To paraphrase John Bradford, “There but by the grace of God go I”.
Imperfection is a given. The question then is, what do we do with it?

Here are some thoughts from someone navigating this…

“When I was 19, I participated in a religious retreat called The Emmaus Walk. I was the youngest on this particular weekend by at least a decade and that proved significant. After a heavy session, men were encouraged to write down those sins they wished to be unburdened of and, in a grand symbolic gesture, take them forward and burn them.

Returning to my pew, I noticed that many men wept, sobbed actually, the bitter tears of regret. Noting my puzzlement, my mentor, a man 40 years my senior and whom I dearly loved, quietly sat down beside me.

“Why are they crying?” I asked. Continue Reading →

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Stretch or Shrink?

“Leaders stretch with challenges. Followers struggle with challenges. Losers shrink from challenges.”

John Maxwell

Temptations are challenges – nothing more but nothing less. What temptations are you facing which will stretch you in character and in your relationship with God? The world is asking you to shrink from them. For some challenges, they are even making it illegal to face them down.

Please don’t shrink. Look beyond your challenges.
You are oh so much more than your challenges and you’ll be oh so much more from your challenges when faced with God.

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