Introspection is good at all levels. This summer has been a rich one for reading and ruminating. Right now we are reading Crazy Love with the young adults that we mentor. Don't read it if you don't want to grow. Basically, if you were crazy in love with God, you would be more obedient, more generous, more loving...you name it. Your intense love for him causes you to study your Bible more, desire to spend time with the church (other believers), pray all day (not necessarily on your knees) and live radically, upstream against our culture. Because of love, you would also be contagious in your faith. Love would spill over into all relationships. You would give with out expecting something in return. You would love people that hate you. You would not keep accounts of wrongs done. You would live and breathe I Corinthians 13. There are strong words in this book against lukewarm-ness (is that a word?) We will still sin because we can never attain perfection here on earth, but our sin should deeply grieve us. All that to say, we should be in awe of our creator, in awe of his sacrifice on our behalf and in awe of His love for us. We need to fall crazy in love with Jesus and by His grace, we can.
Read it! I dare ya!
“Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” Francis Chan