Ecclesiastes tells us life is meaningless and hopeless. It is probably the most depressing book in the Bible or one of the most freeing, depending on how you look at it.
If there were only one lesson that I could teach my kids, it would be how to find fulfillment. That's not an easy lesson to teach, though, as it's taken me a lifetime to learn it. In fact, I still continue to struggle with it sometimes.
This past week a Texas school valedictorian used her speech to condemn the passing of the heartbeat bill. The bill essentially bans abortions after six weeks. The young woman claimed the bill was a part of a "war on her body and rights." Many on the left praised her and said it was brave.
I've been digging more into a book that I mentioned in a previous post, "The Insanity of God" by Nik Ripkin. It's an incredible read.
In America, we are used to practicing our faith without persecution, but in countries like China, Iran, and others, it is the exact opposite. To them, it's not if persecution will happen, but when.
God challenges me every day. He calls me to speak to someone or do a task, and what is so often my answer? I'll do it next time or right after I get this done. If I were a character in the Bible, I'd be...
I struggle with doing what I feel God is asking me to do. Sometimes I'll get it done, but I'll finish it late (because my heart won't be in it). Sometimes I'll just procrastinate to the point where I don't get it done at all, or sometimes I'll simply reason my way out of it.
A couple of years ago I read a book titled, “The Insanity of God, by Nick Ripkin. Nik is a missionary who saw firsthand the devastation that happened in Somalia after its Civil War.
I get so focused on filling the hours in the day. There is this spirit that you have to work 50, 60, 70+ hours. That your worth and value is attached to that. That if you don't work that much, then there's no way you can get ahead.