11 May 2018

This 'n' That

Is it Friday already? Wow, time flies when you're stressed out! Or is that just me?

So, here's my pet peeve of the week: people who mow their lawn, and then leave all the grass clippings lying on their driveway and sidewalk. Really? How hard is it to take a blower or even a broom and finish the job? It just seems counterintuitive, doesn't it? If you want your yard to look nice, then you probably shouldn't have piles of grass strewn across your driveway.

It would be like getting ready for work or church, putting on your outfit, fixing your makeup (sorry, guys, but I come from a lady's perspective), and then leaving your hair a dirty, disheveled, ratty nest. I mean, I do understand that some people do that, but why?

Laziness such as an unkempt lawn may betray a greater shortfall in our lives. If we are too lazy to comb our hair, we no doubt will be too lazy to cultivate our spiritual health through prayer and Bible study. To be clear, I struggle with laziness and procrastination as much as anyone, perhaps even more at times. When I become overwhelmed, for example, I'd much prefer to curl up in a ball and watch a movie than to face the situation or decision head-on. This is where we must turn to the Lord, seek His counsel and His endurance, and strive to finish well, so that He may be glorified, even in the small tasks.

Well, it's another beautiful Friday here. I hope it's lovely where you are, too, and I hope you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • If you listened to the sermon I posted last week from Esther, then you'll want to hear this second installment.
  • Legalism will kill you, slowly, painfully, and oftentimes silently.
  • "Wear sunscreen!" "Don't wear sunscreen, you're hurting the coral!" Yep, sounds about right.
  • I haven't read Beth Moore's now-infamous letter to men, so I'll just share this response from Michelle Lesley.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • We should write letters on Sunday!
  • These three types of pastors hinder the church.
  • This is a great analysis of the "data dump" type of sermon that preaches a text without interpreting it.
Glory follows afflictions, not as the day follows the night but as the spring follows the winter; for the winter prepares the earth for the spring, so do afflictions sanctified prepare the soul for glory. —Richard Sibbes

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