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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

Follow me as I follow Jesus

What does the blame game say about you?

Pawn_Stars_castI was halfway paying attention to the televised shenanigans playing out in the Las Vegas Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, when I heard A&E’s Pawn Stars’s Corey Harrison (the owner’s son) say something that made me look up from my pile of canvas orders.

“If this goes wrong, I’m blaming you,” he said to his coworker, Chumlee Russell.

Why did he say that?

blaming-othersWhy do any of us say that?

Maybe we don’t use those exact words. Maybe we say something like this:

If this doesn’t work, it was not my fault.
I’ll tell them it was your fault/idea/plan.
Don’t tell people this was my idea.
If this goes wrong, do not blame me.

There are lots of other things we say and do to “pass the buck,” shoot, we even have no-fault insurance (completely irrelevant to my point), but my question is why do we refuse responsibility for our actions?

As I sat on my living room floor packaging canvases that night, I asked myself the same thing.

MY OPINION

Maybe we say resist taking responsibility for our failures because when we acknowledge a mistake our pride takes a blow and we come face to face with the startling reality that we are not as perfect as we like to believe.

We made a mistake. We failed. We blew it.

What do all of those things prove?

We need a Savior.

Our flesh hates to admit that.

For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. -Romans 7:5-6

HEART CHECK

What are you displaying–a humble heart, willing to accept its faults, or a prideful spirit which can’t admit its need for a Savior?

May we live, walk, own our mistakes, accept blame, repent, and embrace our weaknesses in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

For it is when we recognize and embrace those faults that Jesus can be displayed as infinitely strong, sufficient and worthy of every ounce of our lives.

So here’s to learning to more graciously accept responsibility in order to more fully display the splendor of Christ.

-Sophie

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