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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

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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