The Christian way is different: harder and easier. Give me All. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down. I don’t want to drill the tooth, or crown it, or stop it, but to have it out. Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked — the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you Myself: my own will shall become yours.’
Coosaw Plantation House
The No. 247 rules of a gentleman:
A gentleman only lies to his woman if it involves surprising her.
When we start to drift into a restless place, a dark and lonely place, we tend to get there because we have taken our eyes from Christ, from that man who lived a life of obedience, and then died a terrible death, who rose again and proclaimed His kingdom come. That is where our eyes must always be, upon the King of glory, who loves us with a love that never dies. Darkness sets in, when we refuse to let the light shine, so open all the windows! Unlock the doors! Make every possible entrance available for our God to make Himself known once again. One does not breathe in the beauty of autumn or the joys of spring by keeping themselves in a cold and dark place, rise and rise again, until you have Christ living and loving through you.
You are not useless, you are not worthless, you are not ugly, because you are Christ’s! That is an honor that even the stars are jealous of, and the sun longs for. For we are the children of God, seen as blessed and holy. So live in that reality, live in view of Jesus, for we find life and life abundantly in that most glorious sight of Christ. Rest, thrive, grow, find restoration in the arms of He who conquered death, and took on the sins of the world. Jesus knows shame, He knows betrayal, pain, heartache, depression, and all the evils of this world; and He says to you to not take them on, but to take Him instead. His burden is light, and His companionship is good; so walk, and live with Christ, for it is the greatest adventure you will ever have.