C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity makes a brilliant observation about gospel -humility at the very end of his chapter on pride. If we were to meet a truly humble person , Lewis says, we would never come away from meeting them thinking they were humble. They would not be always telling us they were a nobody (because a person who keeps saying they are a nobody is actually a self-obsessed person). The thing we would remember from meeting a truly gospel-humble person is how much they seemed to be totally interested in us. Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less
Gospel-humility is not needing to think about myself. Not needing to connect things with myself. It is an end to thoughts such as, ‘I’m in this room with these people, does that make me look good? Do I want to be here?’ True gospel-humility means I stop connecting every experience, every conversation, with myself. In fact, I stop thinking about myself. The freedom of self-forgetfulness. The blessed rest that only self-forgetfulness brings.
— Timothy Keller (via definedbyyou)
2013 was exceedingly above anything I could ever imagine, conjure up & ask for. To all who made 2013 special, thank you! And Jesus, thank You for Your faithfulness & grace throughout 2013. I love You! #allthingsworkoutforgood #thebestisyettocome #rachelrambles
may Christ become visible in my life in such a way that it causes Him to become more visible in yours.
We thought You’d come, with a crown of gold
A string of pearls, and a cashmere robe
We thought You’d clinch an iron fist
And rain like fire on politics
But without a sword, no armoured guard
But common born, in mother’s arms
The government now rests upon
The shoulders of this baby son
/ / /
Christ the Lord
We’ve longed for You
Anonymous : What's on your mind tonight?
how the topic seems so taboo to talk about. or at least how there seems to be so much shame around admitting the feeling.
i have a desire to be in a community of believers that i can do life with. a group of people that are passionately pursuing God and loving people, together. people who know one another’s hearts, struggles, victories, strengths, weakness. people who worship together, who pray together, who dig into the word of God together. people who spend consistent time with one another. people who challenge one another to look and live more like Christ. people who laugh together, who eat together, who go to concerts & movies together, who serve others together.
i have a ridiculously strong desire for this type of community.
but really, for any type of true community.
even just one or two close friends would be a good start.
i would also really like to be in a dating relationship. specifically with someone who encourages and challenges me to resemble Christ. someone who is in full pursuit of Him, so that we can run towards Him together.
i have a deep desire for both of these things, yet neither are a part of my life.
nothing really even close.
and the simple reality is that because of that, especially on nights like this, i feel a deep sense of loneliness.
i don’t understand it, i don’t like it, and i’m embarrassment to admit it.
but it’s the truth.