Do we realize that our manner of life as Christians has implied that only about 3.5 hours (1 hour for worship services, 1 hour for small groups, about an hour and a half for personal spiritual disciplines) of our 168 hours in a week really matter towards our pursuit of Christ?
Our friendship with this couple made me re-consider my whole concept of joy. Joy wasn’t acting happy even when things were difficult. Joy wasn’t the product of forced effort in spite of authentic feelings. There was something else to it.
Recently, I’ve started to think of my discipleship in terms of two catch-all categories: formation and resistance.
A lack of perceived “success” in my ministry had hardened my heart. Thankfully, a big milestone in my home softened my heart this week.
Nothing could shake the feeling that something was just off with my life, my priorities, and my faith.