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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

Admiring True Greatness, Part 2

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In the last blog we tried to define true greatness and presented some questions to ask ourselves, kids and youth group, to see if we can see through the hoopla of the celebrity image and into true greatness.

If you haven’t read that blog, you should do that before continuing this one.

True greatness may be closer than you think.

Have you noticed it living under the same roof as you?

In many cases, true greatness is right there in the form of your dad and your mom who serve you. I understand there are some exceptions, perhaps you didn’t have the best childhood or family dynamics, but most of us have parents who love us the best way they know how.

Do we have the eyes to see true greatness?

“Your parents have served you unselfishly and continuously, and are therefore great in God’s eyes. Are they great in yours? You may admire a star athlete or actor/actress but that person does not rank higher than your parents on God’s celebrity list.” -C.J. Mahaney

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These are my adorable parents.

Our enthusiasm for parents should exceed enthusiasm for anyone else. There is no one we should admire or respect more.

The biblical command to honor father and mother is, Mahaney said, in essence, a command to recognize true greatness and children are wise to obey it.

To all the daughters and sons, regardless of age—are you recognizing true greatness?

There may come a day when you wish you had.

“In all probability, you’ll one day stand before a casket that bears the lifeless body of your father or mother. That day is coming; it’s inevitable, inescapable. And you’ll know grief that day, as you should—grief is godly, and grief is a gift. But something I do not want you to experience that day is regret—regret over having failed to honor them, knowing that now it’s too late.

“So listen up and wise up and don’t be a fool. Honor true greatness. Honor your father and your mother. Make it your godly ambition that between this moment and that moment when you stand before their lifeless form, you will express your love and appreciation for them in countless creative ways.” -C.J. Mahaney 

MORE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR KIDS/YOUTH GROUP:

(While you’re at it, ask yourself these questions from Humility.)

  • Are your parents great in your eyes?
  • Do you respect and honor them?
  • If you answered ‘yes’, do you respect and honor your parents above your favorite celebrity or athlete?
  • Do your parents already know your deep love and respect?
  • Have they actually heard you express it? If not, ask God to forgive you for your arrogance. Examine your heart and receive His forgiveness and change, by grace, right now. Honor your parents—and feel the pleasure of God.
  • If your children need to hear these things, will you tell them?
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