Hey Angry Lady On The Phone: Don’t Be So Angry

Hey angry lady on the phone at Starbucks: it’s okay.  Don’t be so angry.

I know that maybe life didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to, and you’re getting a little older now, and time is slipping away.  But it’s okay.  Don’t be so angry.

Maybe there were a few times that yelling on the phone worked out for you and you got your way. 

Except people only gave in so you would stop yelling, and they don’t really respect you.  Secretly they resent you.  But it’s okay.  Just don’t be so angry.

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How To Balance Grace and Judgment?

didyouwashyourhandstoday asked:

I don’t understand. There are people who take scripture and show God’s wrath against sin and want the change in people and offer very little grace and a lot of Judgement. Then there are the people who say Grace is all you need and they offer very little judgement or punishment but cry out grace on all things. My question is, how do you balance the two? how can i know i am a sinner but saved by grace and be expected to believe God will forgive me when i do things i know are wrong but fail to change.

My friend, this is simpler and also more nuanced than the confusion we feel.  I actually answer that one in the sermon you were thinking of: both are true at the same time, all the time, for all our seasonal moments. 

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Quote: Vulnerable

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.

— C.S. Lewis