Hey there 🙂
As I’ve mentioned earlier in the week, I’m reading Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller. WOAH. This book is WAY more than I ever expected it to be. I have only read four out of seven chapters in the book, but here are some things that have stuck out to me from the book (and this list was hard to narrow down!):
- Every human being must live for something. Something must capture our imaginations, our heart’s most fundamental allegiance and hope. (p. 3)
- If your identity and security is in God, it (it meaning any idol in your life) can’t control you through worry and desire. (p. 57)
- Money cannot save you from tragedy, or give you control in a chaotic world. Only God can do that. (p. 68)
- …success can’t deliver the satisfaction we are looking for. (p. 82)
- God is not an extension of culture, but a transformer of culture, not a controllable but a sovereign Lord. (p. 87)
- If you want God’s grace, all you need is need, all you need is nothing. (p. 88)
- “The idol of success cannot be just expelled, it must be replaced. The human hearts desire for a particular valuable object may be conquered, but its need to have some such object is unconquerable. How can we break our heart’s fixation on doing ‘some great thing’ in order to heal ourselves of our sense of inadequacy, in order to gie our lives meaning? Only when we see what Jesus, our great Suffering Servant, has done for us will we finally understand why God’s salvation does not require us to do ‘some great thing.’ We don’t have to do it, because Jesus has. That’s why we can ‘just wash.’ Jesus did it all for us, and he loves us- that is how we know our existence is justified. When we believe in what he accomplished for us with our minds, and when we are moved by what he did for us in our hearts, it begins to kl off the addiction, the need for success at all costs.” (p. 93-4)
- Jesus’s salvation is received not through strength but through the admission of weakness and need. And Jesus’s salvation was achieve not through strength but through surrender, service, sacrifice, and death. (p. 95-6)
My morning started nice and early at the gym. I woke up around 6:30 AM and me and my dad headed to the gym for an early morning workout. I did some cardio and a quick crossfit workout to get my day started. I watched HGTV Property Brothers as I walked on the treadmill for a while, then did 5 rounds of 5 DL’s and 10 Burpees. Not the most intense workout, but I was definitely sweating, and it felt good to move before getting my day started.
I came home to shower real quick, make a vi-shake latte, and get ready for church. I went to the service at 9:30 am and then went to the college/singles group, Mosaic, at 11 am. Mosaic was really good this morning. I’m really learning to appreciate and respect everyone that has been coming. It’s nice to get to know people your own age, and debate life with different perspectives, especially from people who live a Christian life 🙂
After church I came home and couldn’t decide what I wanted for lunch, so I ate a bunch of random things, which included a shake, a banana and pb, and some turkey… random, I know!
Around 5 pm me and my parents left to take some Italian food to our friends who recently lost a close family member. Although they are very very close friends, we wanted to just take some stress off of cooking, so my parents small group took the Italian dinner over there. It was really nice having everyone together, and they really did enjoy it! I got to play barbies with Chloe 😉
When we got home, dinner was another random selection of food… guess it’s just one of those days. I am now finishing my wonderful Sunday with a large piece of dark chocolate and watching some movies on HBO.
I plan on diving into part one of Psalms 119 before I go to bed. As good as I slept last night, I hope I can have a repeat tonight.
God chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong, the foolish and despised things to shame the wise, even the things that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are. 1 Corinthians 1:29-31