hope

Prepared for Patience

Prepared for Patience

What does it mean to wait with an expectation of goodness? It’s not being naïve about the dark; in fact, it’s just the opposite. You only carry oil if you think the dark will last a long time. They are not fools.

But you can live in the dark and carry the light of Christ at the same time. Especially if you are preparing for something good. Peace. Loving-kindness. Compassion.

It takes tenacity, but it is possible. And what this parable tells me, is that it’s exactly what Jesus wants for us, and for this world.

Do Not Lose Heart

Do Not Lose Heart

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What’s on the outside - our ‘outer nature’ Paul calls it – all of that wears away.  And someday it will be gone. “Our outer nature is wasting away,” he writes. Sooner or later, it happens to us all. 

“But we do not lose hope,” he says. Because the outside is not the source of our hope at all.

Shift your focus, he says; move from looking at the things that can be seen but on the things that can’t be seen. Look more deeply. Instead of looking at the outside, look within. Go deep within. That’s where the transformation happens.