“Real freedom is freedom from the opinions of others. Above all, freedom from your opinions about yourself.” ~ Brennan Manning
We’ve started reading Francis and Lisa Chan’s You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity as part of a group Bible study. Already, and we’re only through chapter one, we are seeing this book is a very unique marriage book. Consider these words in the introduction:
Even now, I am working to make sure that my family is set up for the future. When most people make that statement, they are talking about financial security for their last few years on earth. When I say it, I’m referring to the millions of years that come after that. People accuse me of going overboard in preparing for my first ten million years in eternity. In my opinion, people go overboard in worrying about their last ten years on earth.
Think about it: How many people do you know who talk like this?
It’s very refreshing to read a marriage book with a true eternal perspective rather than just the typical–aim for marital bliss, or personal happiness, here on earth.
Too many couples aim first for a “happy” Christian marriage, then consider God’s glory as a secondary benefit. Consequently, after many years together, they wonder why their joy is so incomplete. But those who shoot for God’s glory first end up with a lasting joy that is sustained over the long run.
Thank you Francis and Lisa for writing this very needed book in our churches today! Marriages today need to return to an eternal perspective centered around God’s glory as their primary aim. The flames of that kind of romanticism and passion are greatly underestimated with Christian couples today.
Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
(Isaiah 41:10 ESV)
THE WORLD NEEDS MEN…
who cannot be bought;
whose word is their bond;
who put character above wealth;
who possess opinions and a will;
who are larger than their vocations;
who do not hesitate to take chances;
who will not lose their individuality in a crowd;
who will be as honest in small things as in great things;
who will make no compromise with wrong;
whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires;
who will not say they do it” because everybody else does it”;
who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity;
who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success;
who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular;
who can say “no” with emphasis, although all the rest of the
world says “yes.”
Charles Swindoll quotes: Living Above the Level of Mediocrity
While on an airplane yesterday, I was reading David Platt’s new book Counter Culture. This quote wrecked me at 30,000 feet…
I listen to the way contemporary Christians talk (especially, though not exclusively, younger evangelicals), I perceive fierce opposition to injustice regarding the poor, the orphan, and the enslaved. I observe increased awareness of social issues: a plethora of books written, conferences organized, and movements started that revolve around fighting hunger, alleviating poverty, and ending sex trafficking…
On popular issues like poverty and slavery, where Christians are likely to be applauded for our social action, we are quick to stand up and speak out. Yet on controversial issues like homosexuality and abortion, where Christians are likely to be criticized for our involvement, we are content to sit down and stay quiet. It’s as if we’ve decided to pick and
choose which social issues we’ll contest and which we’ll concede. And our picking and choosing normally revolves around what is most comfortable — and least costly — for us in our culture.
Noah’s life reminds us that real godly #leadership doesn’t always influence the masses; sometimes it only saves a critical few.