Say you’re walking down the sidewalk on a beautiful day. Someone who has internalized an outsider’s perspective of herself will often spend more time adjusting her clothing or hair, wondering what other people are thinking of her, judging the shape of her shadow or reflection in a window, etc. She will picture herself walking – she literally turns herself into an object of vision – instead of enjoying the sunny weather….
… Women are constantly being looked at. Even when we’re not, we’re so hyperaware of the possibility of being looked at that it can rule even our most private lives. Including in front of our mirrors, alone.
"God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars."
"I wonder who’s gonna be by my side in 10 years"
What does a well lived Christian life look like? A lot of people would answer that question by focusing on what they don’t do. Don’t have sex, don’t drink, don’t curse, and all that is fine, but Christianity is not just about the don’ts.
As followers of Jesus, we are not called to sit in a white room and never be tempted or mess up. We are called to be out there loving, serving, and being involved in people’s lives. Faith should be alive and active.
Nature hates a vacuum, just removing things doesn’t work. They must be replaced with something new. God did not change men like Abraham, Moses, and Peter by sanding off their rough edges. He gave them visions, adventures, and challenges. An active faith is what leads to change, not the other way around.
"Church is not a “Christians only” club. It’s open to the broken, the outcasts, the sinful, the needy. You can come as you are."
"No wonder the world hates us. Most of the time we’re persecuted not because we love Jesus, but because we’re prideful, arrogant jerks who don’t love the real Jesus. We’re often judgmental, hypocritical, and legalistic while claiming to follow a Jesus who is forgiving, authentic, and loving."