Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…
I wouldn’t say that verse in James is one of my favorites.
I mean, when I need some joy in my life, I don’t usually throw up prayers asking for trials. Do you?
Recently though, I got a great reminder on the impact trials can have in our lives.
Do you ever feel disconnected from your family?
I mean, at the end of the day, do you ever sit down, wonder where the day went, and think “Did I even speak to anyone in my house today?”
Some days are a complete blur. Some days fly by and I feel completely out of touch.
I don’t know about you, but I always struggle to find the perfect Valentine’s Day card. I need more choices.
I started thinking, I’ve read all these cool Christian pickup lines like “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?” Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a selection of hip Christian Valentine cards? You know, ones that would make my wife remember why I’m the one she chose to be late to church with.
My wife agreed that it would be amazing…ly hysterical.
Since we couldn’t find any, we sat down and wrote some of our own.
Some Bible verses bring me great peace and comfort. Some make me want to sing and dance, and others make me want to cry tears of joy.
However, there’s one verse that doesn’t do any of that. There’s one verse I find terrifying. In fact, to me, it’s the most terrifying verse in the Bible. It literally scares the living daylights out of me, and I can’t get it out of my mind lately.
Kids are like sponges. They are constantly absorbing everything that’s around them at home, at school, at the mall, on TV…you name it.
I often ask myself if I’m doing enough to influence all that my kids are soaking up.
Sometimes I think I just hope they pick up on certain lessons in life.
Instead of “train up a child,” I’m trying to “hope up a child.”
But that doesn’t work.
The truth is you have to be intentional about teaching your kids what you want them to learn.
So, while we are setting our goals for this year, let’s not forget about our children.