Melt my hard heart

FullSizeRender-003Melt my hard heart, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Why, of why, do I hold on
to what is beyond my control,
to what is too heavy to bear,
to what burdens and saps my strength?

Because I have become accustomed to it.
It has become my way.

Your ways are not our ways,
Nor our thoughts your thoughts.

Deny yourself, you say,
Not so you suffer, but so your heart is free, you say,
and with joy we will bear your cross together.

Why do we live crucified lives when the risen life is alive and well?

To Play Like Never Before

tryoutsWhat if you arrived for the team tryout and the head coach said, You’re already on the team. Just have fun.?

How would you play?

Would you just go through the motions?

Would you look down your nose at the others?

Would you look at the others and wonder why, among all these, you were chosen?

Would you refuse to believe the coach and feel an even greater pressure to prove yourself?

Or, now with a burden lifted, would you play like never before?

That is the invitation of the Christian life.

Thank you, Coach.

Boldness Before God is Humbling

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God doesn’t concern Himself with small things, just the big stuff.

You do not have, because you do not ask. 

God doesn’t need my advice.

You do not have, because you do not ask.

God already knows what I need.

 You do not have, because you do not ask. 

God’s will be done. There, that covers it.

You do not have, because you do not ask. 

God, if you knew the desires of my heart, you would know how selfish I am.

You do not have, because you do not ask.

God, surely you wouldn’t give me those things.

You do not have, because you do not ask.

Almighty God, If I may be so bold, I have a request.

Ask and you shall receive.

And Glory took it’s rightful place,

and I took mine.

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