Everyday in October I’m sharing a short excerpt from an influential book of faith. Today is a favorite I’ve read over and over.
Excerpt from Inside Out:
There is no place for sugar-coating in the life of a serious Christian.
Life is unspeakably sad.
But we’re more than conquerors over every cause of sadness.
. . . When hints of sadness creep into our soul, we must not flee into happy or distracting thoughts. Pondering the sadness until it becomes overwhelming can lead us to deep change in the direction of our being from self-preservation to grateful worship.
The richest love grows in the soil of an unbearable disappointment with life.
When we realize life can’t give us what we want, we can better give up our foolish demand that it do so and get on with the noble task of loving as we should. We will no longer need to demand protection from further disappointment.
The deepest change will occur in the life of a bold realist who clings to God with a passion only his realistic appraisal of life can generate.
– Dr. Larry Crabb
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