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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

Seven Quotes from Blind Spots

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Have you ever sat through a sermon and thought, “Wow, I wish so-and-so were here so they could hear this. This is speaking directly to their sin, struggles, and circumstances”?

Asking for a friend.

Because you’ve never had those thoughts, right? Oh, of course, me either. What am I talking about? We would never think such arrogant and pompous things.

Okay, but really. I was barely into the introduction of Blind Spots when I had that exact stream of consciousness roll through my brain. And then I realized that was the exact purpose of the book.

Blind Spots directly addresses the seed (and possibly full-grown tree) of pride smack in the middle of the thought that others could benefit from this or that before you could.

Here’s what I believe is the heart of the book:

“Abiding in Christ is the best defense against the blind spots that destroy our joy in following Jesus and set us against other believers with different gifts and callings.” (p. 111)

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The message of Blind Spots is necessary for God’s church (especially in the West), and I highly recommend it. 

The most convicting chapter for me, which exposed a personal blind spot of which I was unaware, was the one on being compassionate. Those pages are permanently soaked in yellow highlighter. I mean, listen to this,

“When anything or anyone but Jesus molds the shape of our compassion, we risk crafting love in our own image.” (p. 44)

Okay, fine, Collin Hansen, I see the Lord speaking through you. I get it. I feel it. And I’m thankful.

Check out the following quotes and consider adding this little jewel to your own bookshelf.

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“By lamenting the good old days, nostalgia tempts us to forsake the present day as beyond the scope of God’s redemption, out of reach from His intervention.” (p. 66)

7 More Quotes

“When His followers rest together in the love of a long-suffering God who does not share His glory with another, we can give up the fight for our reputation and get on with the work of the kingdom.” (p. 30)

“We defend the doctrines of grace without grace and confuse rejection of us with rejection of Jesus. But Jesus didn’t give up on His foolish disciples. He even forgave His murderers from the cross. And He didn’t give up on you and me in our sin. So pessimism doesn’t make us heroic. Courage that counts makes you faithful in whatever place and position God has given you. This courage makes you fervent in spirit, patient in tribulation, and constant in prayer as you serve the Lord with zeal, always rejoicing in His sure hope (Rom. 12:11-12). And the challenges we face in a changing world will weed out all but the fervent, patient, constant, and rejoicing Christians. Pessimism and retreat will not suffice.” (p.72.)

“Real courage values making a difference over merely appearing courageous in defeat.” (p. 77)

“Never argue unless you can demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). This way, you might actually have a chance of persuading someone who disagrees.” (p. 78)

“If we can finally wake up from the American Dream, you and I can cast a vision of the sure and coming kingdom. Wealth and status in the world cannot compare to the ‘inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you’ (1 Pet. 1:4).” (p. 95)

“Because Jesus walked among us, He understands the tragedy and tumult of life. We must not live the impression in our worship services that Christianity offers escape from the trials of life, as if you can only worship God when smiling and clapping along to an upbeat band. A church that does not lament cannot teach new believers the way of Jesus.” (p. 97)

“Give God the glory for bringing unity from our diversity of spiritual gifts. And when He gets the glory, you’ll get the joy of a Gospel community that appeals to the world.” (p. 109)

 

2 comments on “Seven Quotes from Blind Spots

  1. To God be the glory for this post.

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