Posts Tagged: "struggle"

Advent Day 17: A Word About Doubt… The Struggle is a Sign of Life

Not long ago, a friend corresponded with me—asking some questions about faith and admitting that they, for a while, had been struggling with doubt. To the best of my ability, I tried answering the questions posed. Then I responded to the part about doubt… this is what I said:

Just a word concerning doubt and uncertainty… the struggle isn’t bad, the struggle is a sign of life. Faith without struggle, without resistance, without doubt isn’t really faith at all.

God can handle your doubts and your struggles.

Certainty isn’t the goal. God doesn’t fit neatly into our theological boxes (He never asked us to put him in there anyway). Those boxes leave no room for wonder or mystery or “I don’t know.” I’m happy to hear that you are alive, struggling, fighting… it’s… Read More

After The Show

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We church people love the show.

Lights! Camera! Action!

It’s addictive.

The thing is, real life is on pause for the show. It’s after the show that real life happens.

Real life is rarely glamorous or camera-ready.

Real life is in the boring, mundane, and day-to-day responsibilities.

Real life is in the conflict, the struggle, and the tension.

Real life is in the the loss, the sorrow, and the tears.

Real life is in the lonely moments.

Real life is found after the show…

And this is why we need some deep, healthy roots.

You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! —Colossians 2.6, 7 MSG

I love church and I want you to come to church, get involved, and help make a difference.

But, even more importantly, I want you to have roots that sustain you when you’re not at church.

Because that’s where life is lived…

After the show.


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