Fantastic imagery from A. W. Tozer about how the trials and sufferings in our lives work for our good.
"The fallow [or the unplanted] field is smug, contented, protected from the shock of the plow and the agitation of the harrow [or being broken up]. Such a field, as it lies year after year, becomes a familiar landmark to the crow and the blue jay. […] Safe and undisturbed, it sprawls lazily in the sunshine, the picture of sleepy contentment.
But it is paying a terrible price for its tranquility: never does it see the miracle of growth; never does it feel the motions of mounting life nor see the wonders of bursting seed nor the beauty of ripening grain. Fruit it can never know because it is afraid of the plow and the harrow. In direct opposite to this, the cultivated field has yielded itself to the adventure of living. The protecting fence has opened to admit the plow, and the plow has come as plows always come, practical, cruel, business-like and in a hurry.
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From a blog post at Desiring God...
Not all sexual desire is lust. God made sexual desire. It has its good place and it can, in fact, become an act of worship in the temple of marriage. But lust is sexual desire gone wrong. Here’s my definition: Lust is a sexual desire that dishonors its object and disregards God. Disregards the promises and the warnings of having or losing the beauties of Christ.
The lusted-after woman or man in your head, or on the screen, or on the street, is dishonored — not treated as a sacred, precious, eternal person made in the image of God, whose eternal destiny is always paramount, and whose holiness we either long for or ignore. And the only way this dishonor can be so daringly carried out is by disregarding God while we are in the sway of our lust — disregarding the promises and warnings of having or losing the beauties of Christ. So lust is a sexual desire that dishonors its object and disregards God.
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I love this thing my wife Stephanie says. She will often tell our kids they don't just represent themselves at school or at sports or when they are with friends. Before they leave the house she will tell them, "Remember, you are representing the entire Balvin family today!"
It is a great reminder to our kids that they are part of something greater themselves, and that they have a responsibility to us as parents and to their siblings to live in a way that brings honor to all who carry the name Balvin.
You hear this same concept in sports. You might have even heard some variation of the phrase "It is the name on the front of the jersey not on the back that matters." While I was playing hockey at Bethel University we never had names on the backs of our jerseys for this very reason. We skated for Bethel, and as players we represented the entire University when we traveled and played. Many other sports teams from high school ranks all the way through the professiona…