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Friends gave us books on grief in the days and weeks after Josiah left for Heaven. The only ones that ever brought comfort were those about Heaven. In others there seemed to be this common thread of relating grief to a tidal wave that picks you up, thrashes you around, and finally leaves you alive on the beach . . . but the Lord gave us a much different picture.
People are hungering and thirsting for happiness, but it’s mysteriously disappearing right in front of them because they are going about it backward.
Jesus says that people will be humbled—you can either fall on the rock or let the rock fall on you.
When we are leaders characterized by humility, we choose to serve. We choose to place the authority we have under control of the One who asks us to love Him and others first.
We all need a good dose of reality: nobody’s thinking that much about any of us today.
Jesus comes and begins to talk about the heart of the matter and the spirit of the Law. That’s what interests God.
There is no place in the Gospels’ accounts of Jesus’ life where He looked at people in an arrogant way and asked them, “Do you know who I am? Do you know who you’re talking to right now?” There was never a sense of that in Him, because humility doesn’t think or talk that way.
We live in a day where we want to tell everybody anything that could make us look important. We do one thing, one small thing that doesn’t compare with raising a little girl from the dead, and we figure out ways to say it—setting it in Christian-speak, of course.
Our culture calls us to be self-assured and aggressive, possessing and marketing ourselves to get what we want. Meekness? Hardly.
As long as we see God as only being angry about our sin, sitting there with a big baseball bat waiting to beat us down, we’re never going to learn to mourn. It’s when we realize that our sinfulness causes God to weep that we have sorrow over our sin.