Men and women who have lived wisely and well will shine brilliantly, like the cloudless, star-strewn night skies. And those who put others on the right path to life will glow like stars forever.
"Longing for the ideal while criticizing the real is evidence of immaturity. On the other hand, settling for the real without striving for the ideal is complacency. Maturity is living with the tension. "
Janelle Carrillo on Portraits
I will never forget a certain teacher, who in the first year of my high school, wrote at the back of my class picture the following: She said that she looks forward to my future, not because I’m smart or intelligent, but because “the light of Jesus shines through you.” That stuck with me. Honestly, I thought I was so lost then and it was such a beautiful relief to find people who see that in me. And if that’s what she saw in me 4 years ago, I’m certain to not let that go.
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.
Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.”
Galatians 5:22-26 (The Message)
No, that trauma you faced was not easy.
And God wept that it hurt you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into His likeness you’d grow.
"You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
"You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
"You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
"You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
"You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
"You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
"You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
"You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
This Father Writes a Love Letter to His Baby Girl That Says, Well, Pretty Much Everything She Needs to Know ›
Ever wish you could tell your daughter all the things she needs to know about life and love? Well, our friend Jeff Bethke did it before his daughter, Kinsley, was even born—and it’s beautiful.
For future reference.