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A heart of gold....a heart of Job.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.
So then the devil decides to be a big jerk and try to mess with Job. And he does. He kills all Job's kids, destroys his home, and takes all the livestock too. The very next verse after we receive all the bad news is this:
20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:
“ Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.” 22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
Okay, so when I saw this part, my jaw literally dropped. And I got to thinking what life would be like if your first response to pain, confusion, and utter chaos was WORSHIP. What if we stopped getting angry, and we fell to our faces and worshipped the King of this life and the next? Job i…

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

"If you don't love somebody, it gets annoying when they tell you what to do or how to feel. When you love them, you get pleasure from their pleasure, and it makes it easy to serve." - Donald Miller
This is why trying on our own to fix ourselves does not work. What changes people is not will power or self control- though these are needed for success, of course. What changes people is love. Love is the thing that grabs you from where you sat comfortably and makes you want to dance, for no reason at all. Love makes you invent movements that no one's ever seen, and allows it to be the most freeing experience ever. When you love someone, you can't think straight. You don't care what anyone says and it consumes the thoughts of your day. Well, this is the way God should capture our hearts. The way we serve him should be irrational. It should make us dance and sing and take great leaps of faith. It should transform our hearts and therefore transform everything else. W…

Crazy Love. Thanks, Francis :)

italics are quotes, verses, or thoughts from Francis Chan's book Crazy Love. Normal typing is my comments !
"Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God" -R.C. Sproul
The God of the universe cares enough to craft us, send us, and remain in a position of constant love for little, imperfect us. We cannot ignore all he has done, every detail, every creation- yet everyday we persist to forget of His existence, His call on our lives, and His commands. Only when we truly grasp how much God loves us by seeing all His hands have made, will we come to realize how insignificant we are. Only in this are we able to please Him in humble service and constant praise and acknowledgement of Him.
"...the gravest question before the church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at any given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart concei…