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Over the span of a few days I suddenly realized that the phrase “apple of your eye” didn’t come from some story about a kid plucking an apple from a tree and throwing it at a girl’s face to get her attention. “Apple of your eye” means how much God loves us.
For many years I have had the resolution to read the entire Bible in a year, but I have never been able to succeed. I started off strong every year; I read Genesis 1 on January 1st. Unfortunately, come December 31st, I wasn’t wrapping up Revelation 22...and, often, I wasn’t even close. It was discouraging. In 2018, I really wanted things to be different.
There is this tension of wanting to point more people to Jesus by providing content people will visually enjoy but also wanting them to not see you (or a pretty filtered version of you and your life), but to see the One whom you preach and serve. To be a transparent being who is the hands and feet and the voice of the Savior, without becoming a savior for the hungry, hurting souls searching for meaning, healing and nourishment.
I have a problem with forgiveness. I cannot let go of the afflictions I’ve suffered at the hands of a loved one. I lay it before the cross one day, and creep back in the dark of the night to steal it back again.
The first time I heard a message like this was in my home church. A man from India traveled all the way to Northern Idaho and was talking about missionary work. He was the first person to ever help me see what a “missionary” is in the Biblical sense.
Waiting is hard. It's grueling. It can be even harder when you feel alone in the process. When everyone around you seems to be getting what they want, and you continue to beg God to answer your prayers.
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