We often demand of people what only God can give us — encouragement, affirmation, strength, motivation — and we end up wringing them dry. It’s okay to expect some things from people, so long as you know they’re just human beings who thirst like you. They need an Infinite Well as much as you do. If you drink deeply of Him first, you’ll be less controlled (and controlling) by your expectations, and you’ll actually seek others not to squeeze from them but to encourage them by your overflow.
When you can let go of the idols of relationships, wealth, intellect, success, beauty, and career: you can actually enjoy them for what they are. You don’t expect salvation or redemption from them. You don’t crush them with expectations or demand them to serve your every whim. You instead see them as gifts, as privileges, as an honor to respect and to cherish. Treat the earthly as divine and you will lose both; treat the divine as your treasure and the earth will be just as beautiful.
— J.S. from The Christianese Dating Culture
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Reblogged this on viewoutsidethepew and commented:
I count JS as a Blogland friend, and this from his newest book is a wonderful modern take on the Great Commandments as Jesus taught!
Breath-taking, in the sense that breath-wind-spirit are the same word in both Hebrew and Greek. As I comment, this is a wonderful modern take on the Great Commandments Jesus taught!
Yes! Thank you for sharing this as well, dear friend.