Efforts don’t always equal results; some results come with little effort

My life’s been full of tremendous efforts with little results and no-efforts with tremendous results. Jesus, replace my presumption with humility, my self-promotion with service to others, and my worry with trust in You.

Life is more than hard work and unaided self-effort. Everyday is unearned — an undeserved gift. When you can’t see hope, search for it. It’s inside of you, somewhere.

What’s happening in your mind, your heart, your inner being, is more important than your circumstances. Win within! Fresh insight is often frightening because it can be very disruptive of the security of our own opinions.

Holding angry, hostile opinions can make your mind and heart opaque. Let Christ’s light shine inside you. Life’s greatest mysteries can’t be explained logically; they require the language of the heart. Even Jesus used parables.

Jesus knows the things about you that you don’t want anyone else to know, yet still reaches out to you with mercy and forgiveness. Experiencing God’s love doesn’t make your flaws disappear from your awareness. It makes your sins disappear from your life.

Some impulses are helpful; some are harmful. It’s good to distinguish the difference before you act on them.

Evidence of the supernatural abounds. Unfortunately, hyper-rationality believes that it has explained the miraculous away.

Some people ignore Jesus because they say He is mystical. But all that we see is mystical — electrons orbiting empty space at the speed of life, pretending to be solid and tangible. We lovingly interact with our pets. We don’t dissect them. Why not lovingly interact with Jesus and not theologically dissect Him?

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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