9 years ago today I became friends with this guy and it’s been the greatest journey I’ve ever taken. Shout outs to God for creating us for each other! #love #gettingmarried #2005toinfinity #1john #songsofsolomom3 #happyfriday #happyanni #sunship #firstpic #crustypic #churchcamp
"serves you right for not listening/to your mother’s warnings about these jazz men/for not being born a flimsy violin of a woman/and finding you some good classical music/an orchestra" #safiaelhillo #susieknuckles #commute #poems #poetry #words #thelifeandtimesofsusieknuckles @safiamafia thank you
It’s easy to be tempted to go through life competing with everyone around us. When we see someone who’s more talented, better looking or has more gifts, instead of running our race and being comfortable with who we are, oftentimes we feel inferior and think, “I’ve got to catch up to them.” The problem with this unhealthy competition is that it’s a never-ending cycle. There will always be someone ahead of us. But, it’s a very freeing thing when you realize, “I’m not competing with you. I don’t have to have as big a house as my neighbor to feel good about myself. I don’t have to keep up with my co-worker. I don’t have to be a certain size. No, I understand that I’m not in competition with my friend, my neighbor or my co-worker. Instead, I’m going to be the best me that I can possibly be.” Friend, that’s an attitude God can work with. When you focus on being who God made you to be, that’s when you’ll rise up higher and position yourself for every spiritual blessing He has in store for you!
Up is down. Down is up. The high cost is cheap. The cheap cost is high. First will be last. Last will be first. The least will be greatest. Jesus preached an upside down Kingdom. In many ways, his values are against “Conventional Wisdom.” Instead, Jesus teaches a “Redemptional Wisdom”—a wisdom that calls us to surrender our lives to the will of God, live for him, and serve others. It is in giving up our lives for something and Someone greater that we truly find life.
There are so many things we can invest our lives in that ultimately become our masters. The harder we work to attain them, the more we find we have lost that vital essence of living that is God’s gift to us.
The radical example and call of Jesus is to follow him in laying down our lives to honor God and redeem others—there are no short-cuts. The cross casts its shadow over all of us.