05 June 2015

This 'n' That

I was driving home from work this week and noticed that the car next to me was labeled "Student Driver." Poor kid. There he was, hands at 10 and 2, and a wee bit white-knuckled if you ask me. I suppose evening rush hour can do that to even the most veteran of drivers, though. And as I passed him I thought, "You know, if you put me in a precarious driving situation with construction and narrow lanes and semi trucks barreling down on me, I think I'd feel just as nervous as this 16-year-old, even though I've been driving for as long as he's been alive." And then I thought about how, every now and then, I still feel like a student driver on the road of the Christian life. Yes, that's right, I am about to turn that poor student driver into a lame illustration.

We've all been there, haven't we? It doesn't matter how long we've been a Christian, there are times when trials or circumstances simply leave us feeling as though our response was inadequate, our prayers were feeble, and our trust in the Lord was faltering. By God's grace we may know that we are not mere student drivers on this road, but sometimes we cannot help but feel this way. It is these times that we must remember from whom we draw our strength, namely the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 12:9). And when we open His Word and are reminded of His promises and of His care for His own, we find our spiritual strength is reinvigorated and renewed. Christian, are you feeling like a student driver? You have been equipped with all you need to navigate the road upon which God has placed you in this life. Open His Word and drink deeply from the well of truth. Get on your knees and draw near to your God. He will provide the strength you need to endure whatever you face.

Well, since we are talking about driving, I hope you're not driving as you read this. If you are, stop (stop reading, not driving), but when you finally reach your destination it might be a good idea to pause and enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • Um, really, who cares? It isn't as though we can stop things like this from happening, so why fret over it? Aren't there more important things to worry about, like proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to lost sinners?
  • You know, I'm starting to see the value in Creflo Dollar getting that big, fancy jet. And because I've seen the light, I've decided that, between this blog and Equipping Eve, I have a few "ministry needs" myself. The first of these is that I need a chiropractor on call everyday. Also, I need someone who plays the guitar like this to just sit in the corner and play while I go about my day. Both of these things will keep me relaxed and happy. So, won't you send me money to fulfill these obvious needs?
  • Yeah, so, more about this later.
  • How do you know if you have the Holy Spirit?
  • And you thought kangaroos were kind and cuddly.
  • But…but…the Holy Spirit told me to!
  • This is a horrible story on multiple levels.
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • No, this is not "entry level Christianity," this is false Christianity and Don Piper needs to repent for his telling of fables.
  • This former transgendered man has a warning for Bruce Jenner.
  • "Christian women commend the gospel of Christ in ways that ring like bursting cymbals that pierce the discordant clatter of the world."
  • Fret not because of evildoers (Part 1 of a 7-part series that you would do well to listen to!):

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