“Art and worship stand together on the common ground of the unuseful. And this is why our attitude toward art ultimately has a great deal to do with our attitude toward worship. Much is at stake in whether we think that our worship is a free response to grace or an exercise in persuasion, an effort to get either God or people to do what we want them to. If we have a utilitarian attitude toward art, if we require it to justify itself in terms of its usefulness to our ends, it is very likely that we will end up with the same attitude toward worship, and ultimately toward God.”—
Andy Crouch, From The Gospel from For the Beauty of the Church:
“There are things about predestination and free will that I will never understand. But those questions don’t keep me up at night. What keeps me up at night is: does God love me? Does He have a plan and purpose for my life? Does He know how badly my wounds hurt? And the answer to those questions is: yes.”—
“The goal (in relationships/marriage) is to find your best friend who you get to have a slumber party with for the rest of your life. It is not to find the best looking person and we’re just going to make out all the time and we’re all going to look like we’re 20 forever. The way you look now won’t always be there., but the heart that beats underneath, the personality that fits so well with yours, the person who knows how to celebrate you, that’s what you want.”—
‘Cause a ring don’t mean nothing if you can’t haul the weight
And some of them won’t even try,
But I won’t leave you high and dry.
I won’t leave you wondering why.
And come what may, I won’t abandon you or leave you behind,
Because love is a loyalty sworn, not a burning for a moment.
Come what may, I will be standing right here by your side,
I won’t run away, though the storm’s getting worse and there’s no end in sight.
And storms will surely come,
But true love is a choice you must make and you are the one.
That I have set my heart to choose
As long as I live, I swear I’ll see this through.
I write to you today because I think you need to know some things about the woman you’ll marry some day. I realize you’re both young—my daughter being only 5 at this time—but some things are better said and heard sooner rather than later. I’m not a harsh man and this letter will…
“I believe in Jesus. That means I believe less and less in money, good looks, success, popularity and all the other stuff people say will bring you security and happiness. I believe less and less in my own ability to run my life. The more I believe in Him, the less I need anything else.”—Lee Younger (via unkaglen)
“People claim that we can be Christians without necessarily becoming disciples. I wonder, then, why the last thing Jesus told us was to go into the world, making disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all that He commanded? You’ll notice that He didn’t add, “But hey, if that’s too much to ask, tell them to just become Christians—you know, the people who get to go to heaven without having to commit to anything.”—Chan, Francis (2010-01-01). Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God (p. 85). David C Cook. Kindle Edition. (via thecommoncup)