If we base our identity on our success or others’ approval, we’re going to be in for a rough time when we fail or when others are upset with us. Instead, we can ground our identity in who God says we are: God’s beloved children. When we do, we can keep going even in the midst of stress, chaos, and loss.
We live in a world of anxiety and despair. How do we become resilient and holy (set apart) in a throw-away world of mass production? In a performance-driven world of grades and evaluations, it is possible to leave the chaos and burnout of a performance-based life and embrace the peace and freedom of a grace-based life.
We know that forgiveness is important, but it’s also really hard. There are many reasons we don’t want to forgive others, but forgiving others doesn’t just help them; it helps us, too. The words “I forgive you” can set us free.
We’re taught to say “thanks” as children, but the word is much more than good manners. A heart felt thanks paves the way toward a resilient mindset of gratitude and an expectancy to see God move on your behalf.
Our words have the power to create worlds. The word “sorry” can mend broken relationships, strengthen connections through radically vulnerability, and begin the process of forgiveness.
Words have power, and even a single word can change everything for both the speaker and the hearer. The word “please” opens doors that were previously closed. It can change a demand into an invitation to relationship and reciprocity.
The grave is empty. Love has won. Christ is risen! Jesus’ resurrection changes everything, and it can change everything for you.
In the last week of his life, Jesus faced betrayal, abandonment, arrest, torture, and death. He willingly endured it all because of his passionate love for all people.
What Jesus says and does in the final week of his life tell us what he values most. And his words and actions toward those he encounters consistently show us that when everyone around you says, “You’re out,” God says, “You’re in!”
After healing and teaching in Galilee, Jesus began his journey toward Jerusalem and the cross, but his journey wasn't just about the destination. It was about compassion for the people he met along the way.