Everyone is broken.
All toil and all skill and work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor.
The clothes we’re wearing is not because we need them but because we want to be seen in them. We want to be noticed and the central focus. It’s a driving force in all of us. Everyone wants to stand in the center of their own universe.
We put on blinders to avoid our brokenness, burying ourselves in our work, play, etc to avoid the brokenness of the world.
Who hasn’t been wounded by someone else’s selfishness. No one.
In the middle of all of this, we need each other with Christ in the center.
If you ever try to heal the dark places, the part that leads you to the same crap over and over again, it’s a weighty and unbearable journey. Praise Christ for those that come along side of you.
Your blind spots, you can’t see it. Selah. Praise God for the ones that come up to us and tell us what they see wrong, love you enough to tell you.
-Notes from Matt Chandler’s podcast sermon on Ecclesiastes 4
"I’m a ridiculous, emotional, over-sentimental sap. I guess that’s why I told my wife I loved her on our second date.
I had tried really hard up to that point to hold it back, honestly. I wanted to tell her on the first date, but I knew that would probably be weird.
I still remember her…
I’m thankful my life is not led by chance as I am guilty of often thinking. God has planned every scene and plot out for the story of my life. He’s got everything under control when I do not. And I take solace and find joy in that, that I can rest in His strength.
Nothing of this world will bring me happiness. He has placed eternity in my heart. The only thing that satisfies my soul is His promises.
— The Medicine of Hope (via octobermoe)