In Search of a Better Country

  • Half the Kingdom or a Dinner Date

    A few days of your life are remarkable, containing events and experiences where you see God’s providence with startling clarity and when your faith and life course are indelibly and memorably shaped. But the vast majority of your days — likely a day like today — will pass into obscurity unrecorded and irretrievable to your memory. But though today may be unremarkable, it is not unimportant. It is unique, priceless, and irreplaceable.

    — Jon Bloom (via)

Beauty for the Eyes

  • Half the Kingdom or a Dinner Date
  • He Makes Ministers a Flaming Fire
  • His Spirit Was Provoked

Wisdom for the Ears

  • Wildly Inefficient

    There are some days that I just sit with a passage and get nowhere. But remember, this is a relationship, and “relational time is wildly inefficient.” If you’ve had young kids, you know what I’m talking about. About 80 percent of the conversations I have with my four-year-old are total nonsense, but I put in the effort to get to the 20 percent that are pure gold. Regardless of the proportions, all relational time—including our time with the Lord—can feel inefficient at certain moments.

    Jordan Raynor, Redeeming Your Time, loc. 717.
  • There is No Such Thing as Normal

    The war creates no absolutely new situation; it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it. Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice. Human culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself.

    If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure, the search would never have begun. We are mistaken when we compare war with “normal life.” Life has never been normal.

    C.S. Lewis, “Learning in War-Time”, from The Weight of Glory, p. 49

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