Thursday, October 27, 2011

On Paradox

"It is very hard for a man to defend anything of which he is entirely convinced... a man is not really convinced of a philosophic theory when he finds that something proves it. He is only really convinced when he finds that everything proves it. And the more converging reasons he finds pointing to this conviction, the more bewildered he is if asked suddenly to sum them up. Thus, if one asked an ordinary intelligent man, on the spur of the moment, "Why do you prefer civilization to savagery?" he would look wildly round at object after object, and would only be able to answer vaguely, "Why, there is that bookcase . . . and the coals in the coal-scuttle . . . and pianos . . . and policemen." The whole case for civilization is that the case for it is complex. It has done so many things. But that very multiplicity of proof which ought to make reply overwhelming makes reply impossible."
~Chesterton, Orhthodoxy, The Paradoxes of Christianity.

On Ideals

"Now here comes in the whole collapse and huge blunder of our age. We have mixed up two different things, two opposite things. Progress should mean that we are always changing the world to suit the vision. Progress does mean (just now) that we are always changing the vision. It should mean that we are slow but sure in bringing justice and mercy among men: it does mean that we are very swift in doubting the desirability of justice and mercy... Progress should mean that we are always walking towards the New Jerusalem. It does mean that the New Jerusalem is always walking away from us. We are not altering the real to suit the ideal. We are altering the ideal: it is easier." G.K. Chesterton, Orthdoxoy, The Eternal Revolution.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

On Wisdom and the Cost

"You have to learn that you cannot claim a path just because it is less intimidating. You must keep in mind that God does have an appointment with you, that there is a cost to serving Him. At the same time, you have to be wise and not careless. To deny the reality that there are some places where you cannot go is to play the fool. More important, if you have not learned to pay the smaller prices of following Christ in your daily life, you will not be prepared to pay the ultimate price in God's calling." ~Ravi Zacharias, Walking from East to West.

Friday, October 21, 2011

On Humility

A wonderful friend of mine brought be some more books by Ravi Zacharias when she visited from India. I am enjoying one of them now... Walking from East to West is almost a memoir. Still powerfully written, but not as difficult to read as his books on apologetics or philosophy. :)
"Chesterton says, in essence, that there is a dislocation of humility in our times. We have become more confident in who we are and less in what we believe. Our pride has moved us from the organ of conviction to the organ of ambition, when it is intended to be the other way around. In short, our confidence should be in our message and not in ourselves." ~Ravi Zacharias, Walking from East to West.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cold Weather. Or... Not?

An interesting conversation occurred at my house today as my roommate and I were enjoying the beautiful outdoors while doing some work.

Me: "Are you cold out here? I'm FREEZING."

Roommate: "YES. It's cold!

Me: (checking temperature on computer's desktop gadget) "What? 68 degrees?? It has to be colder than 68 degrees."

Roommate: "Well... there's windchill!"

*long pause*

Me: "Do you find it strange that we're talking about windchill for near-70 degree weather?"

Roommate: "Don't be ridiculous! We are SUFFERING here!"

Me: (after checking several online sites for the temperature): The lowest I can find is 65.5.

Roommate: Do you think people would think we're crazy if we bought an outdoor heater?

I think it is safe to say that we have sufficiently acclimated to the Texas climate. :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Better than Average

"Average feels safe, but it’s not. It’s invisible. It’s the last choice – the path of least resistance. The temptation to be average is just another kind of quitting…the kind to be avoided. You deserve better than average." ~Seth Godin

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Metaphor for Life

"After a few weeks of constant work, the bloody blisters gave way to hard-earned calluses that protected us from pain. Long after the fact, it occurred to me that this was a metaphor for life--blisters come before calluses, vulnerability before maturity..." ~Clarence Thomas, My Grandfather's Son, pg.25.

Friday, October 7, 2011


‎"Forgiveness is not the misguided act of condoning irresponsible, hurtful behavior. Nor is it a superficial turning of the other cheek that leaves us feeling victimized and martyred. Rather it is the finishing of old business that allows us to experience the present, free of contamination from the past." ~Joan Borysenko

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

On Peace

We cannot be at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we cannot be at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God. ~Thomas Merton

Merton Explained

It seems that if I had kept reading the other day, I would have been able to understand the quote I posted much better. Here is what Ravi Zacharias has to say about Thomas Merton...

After Merton observes how everything within him converged--Bethlehem, Calvary, and the empty tomb, now all within him; God offering himself to God within the mortal frame of this kneeling man--he ends with the key words "the love of those creatures who are drawn to him in and with the power of his own love for himself." The love with which God himself is bound, now binding us to himself. This is the mystery, the majesty, and the grandeur of holy Communion--God's love shed in our hearts to keep us from fragmentation and dissolution.

So beautiful and profound. :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

On God-Dwelling in Us

"In the temple of God that I had just become, the once eternal and pure sacrifice was offered up to the God dwelling in me. The sacrifice of God to God. Now, Christ born in me, a new Bethlehem, and sacrificed in me his new Calvary, and risen in me: offering me to the Father, in himself, asking the Father, my Father and his, to receive me into his infinite and special love--not the love he has for all things that exist, for mere existence is a token of God's love, but the love of those creatures who are drawn to him in and with the power of his own love for himself."

~Thomas Merton (quoted in Grand Weaver, Ravi Zacharias, pg 142).

I have to keep reading this over and over and over... it is so deep, but incredibly profound.

Monday, September 19, 2011

On journals and Chesterton

Well, I have pulled the old blog from the depths of the grave where it has laid buried and I think I may give it another go-round. Because I have another blog, though, (, I don't think I'm going to focus a lot of attention on this one. Perhaps it will be more of a journal to record some of the amazing lessons that I learn or profound thoughts I come across.

Here's something I've been enjoying lately by G.K. Chesterton.

An imbecile habit has arisen in modern controversy of saying that such and such a creed can be held in one age but cannot be held in another. Some dogma, we are told, was credible in the twelfth century, but is not credible in the twentieth. You might as well say that a certain philosophy can be believed o Mondays, but cannot be believed on Tuesdays. You might as well say of a view of the cosmos that it was suitable to half-past three, but not suitable to half-past four. What a man can believe depends upon his philosophy, not upon the clock or the century... Therefore in dealing with any historical answer, the point is not whether it was given in our time, but whether it was given in answer to our question."

As he goes on to say, Christianity is the answer to life's questions... and it matters not the time or the place, but whether it is true.

I like the way he says things. :)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Through a glass

I've decided there is too much life to not share. And even if no one else follows along, I'll have beautiful reminders of God's grace.

I wrote this a few weeks ago... when the supermoon appeared in the sky. I just forgot to share it till now.

Tonight I went outside to look at the moon. Apparently, tonight’s orb is a ‘supermoon’ and it showed in the brilliance and splendor of it’s glow. As I gazed upon it, I thought…

I thought of the 50 workers in Japan who are laying down their lives to prevent a nuclear meltdown that would destroy so much.

I thought of wars and earthquakes and tsunamis and all the horrible things that happen on this earth.

I thought of the glory that lies beyond this earth.

I thought of how the moon is just a miniscule reflection of that glory.

And as the clouds danced past the moon, sometimes obscuring it completely, other times magnifying its light, I thought of 1 Corinthians 13:12.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am also known.”

For now, our glimpses of heaven are as through a glass. Or as if through the clouds. There are times when dark clouds obscure our view completely. At other times, we catch glimpses of greater glory as those same clouds, or trials, draw us near to God.

But then…

Oh glorious thought!

But then, we shall see face to face.

No more darkness. No more obscurity. No more uncertainty. Only face to face glory.

Now I know in part. Then, I will know completely, totally, and utterly--as I am known by Christ.

Now we see through a glass… but then…

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Church today was amazing.

The topic was the Gospel of grace… and how most of us never grasp the true meaning.

How we know the facts of Christian theology or principles, but fail to live with a revived heart.

How we claim to know God, but are falling apart because we do not recognize that the Gospel is more than just knowing the plan of salvation.

How we speak of grace, but live devoid of it.

How we replace true grace with rules and steps and principles and methods.

How the dichotomy that reigns in churches and homes and individuals is nothing like what God intended.

And how God does not ask us to do or to work or to strive. Because our striving can never get us close. Because our righteousness is like filthy rags. Because on our most glorious, righteous day and on our worst, most scarred and sin-filled day, it is only the blood of Christ that covers us. Because in God’s sight, one day is no better nor worse than the next.

Rather, Christ’s blood alone allows us to approach the throne of grace. Reconciliation has already occurred. Total acceptance is ours this very moment. There is no part that He looks at and merely ‘tolerates.’ Rather, every part of our being is fully accepted by Him, through the blood of Jesus. As the visiting pastor said this morning, “God not only loves you. He likes you.”

And recognizing that it is only, only, ONLY grace can allow us to live every day and every moment with revival in our hearts and grace on our lips.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


"Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed is Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." ~Matthew 6:9-13

"Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain." ~1 Chronicles 4:10

"I am praying, not only for these disciples, but also for all who will ever believe in Me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one… and may they be in Us so the world will believe You sent Me. I have given them the glory You gave Me, so that they may be one as We are one... May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent Me and that You love them as much as You love Me. Father, I want these whom You have given Me to be with Me where I am. Then they can see all the glory You gave Me because You loved Me even before the world began… then Your love for Me will be in them and I will be in them." ~John 17:20-25

Saturday, February 5, 2011

One minute...

This is an amazing and powerful message. Sometimes the best things are the most simple... this message is only one minute long.

I am convicted. Do I live my life focused on intentional healing, or do I relive the pain and hurt that has been caused? God is for me... who can be against me? I need to start living that.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New year, new goals, new blog

So... I am excited about the New Year. I have a lot of exciting goals and some great themes that God has given me for this year. One of the things I'm most excited about is that I'm going to be starting another blog! This one should have much more of a purpose and be more regularly updated than this one. :) The details will be unleashed on the world soon!

(And now that I said it, I have to stick to it. That's part of the reason I am writing this post right now). ;)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Fear... and Trust

Studying Genesis 21:8-21 with Beth Moore this morning, the story came alive in a way it never had.

She and Ishmael were sent away by Abraham (at God’s command) and were wandering the desert. Finally, in desperation, she puts her son under a bush, then leaves so she doesn’t have to watch him die. As Beth Moore puts it, “In her hopeless state, whether or not to watch her son die was the solitary choice left to make.” What hopelessness and despair she must have felt!

Then an angel of the Lord appeared and asked a question. “What troubles you?” At first glance, the question seems almost cruel from ignorance. “What troubles you???” Oh, if only he knew! Don’t we feel that way sometimes? Someone asks what troubles us and we think… “You would never ask if you have any idea what I am going through right now.”

But the beauty of it is… God did know. He knew exactly where Hagar and Ishmael were and He knew what troubled them. And with all that He knew, the next words are even more profound.

“Fear not.”

“Fear not?” Hagar must have thought. Not only does this angel ask the ridiculous question “What troubles you?” now He has the audacity to say “Fear not!?” But we know what Hagar did not. We know that God was standing before her and that because He knew what was happening, His command of “fear not” was the most beautiful that could be given.

It was because He knew what troubled Hagar that He could say “fear not.” He knew that there was nothing to fear, because His plan for Hagar and Ishamael and the world was much bigger than Hagar’s fear of Ishmael’s death. God’s plan is always bigger than our fears. And when we can see even a glimpse of His plan, we get a glimpse of eternity. And we can see that, it becomes clear that there is never any reason to fear. For God, who works all things together for our good, is painting a picture of our lives that is beautiful. Nothing that happens to us is trouble when we know God is in it. And because He sees all, we can entirely trust in Him when He tells us to ‘fear not.’