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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

Without Wax

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According to folk history, merchants who sold cheap pottery would fill in the imperfections and cracks with wax in order to give the appearance that the piece was worth more than it actually was.

When holding this pottery up to light, a person could easily observe the coverup, because the light would shine through the areas where the wax had been placed, revealing the cracks. Authentic, quality pieces were often stamped with the phrase “sine cera” or “without wax.” Christians are to live without wax, genuine and sincere in our actions toward one another. -Dustin Willis, Life in Community

(Approximately 30 seconds after I posted the above photo to Instagram this morning, I spilled the coffee. Just keeping things sincere.)

As we strive for authenticity within ourselves and community, remember what John Piper said,

“Love doesn’t put up artificial fronts.
Love does not dwell on the flaws of others.
Love does not crave the praise of men.
And love does not act religious to hide sin.”

Dustin Willis continued in Life in Community,

“Outsiders who come into community do not need to experience a group that seems perfect, but rather a community where grace abounds. […] God demonstrates love to us so we demonstrate love to others. The messiness of honesty allows us to paint a picture of the way God loves His church.”

Here’s to getting messy with each other as we paint with shades of grace, honesty and love without wax.

2 comments on “Without Wax

  1. Kim W. says:

    Just a few weeks ago I heard Roger Palmer speak about “without wax.” I had never heard that before! Such an awesome visual to remind of how to live.

    1. Yes! Such a good visual!

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