I am currently in a waiting season: waiting to get my master's, waiting for a boyfriend, waiting for a full time job, waiting to make enough money to move out, waiting for the current season of Jane the Virgin to come to Netflix or Hulu, just waiting. Some people consider waiting to be a time of happiness, a gift. I consider waiting to be a struggle.
Recently, I watched the Lord of the Rings trilogies for the first time. One of my favorite moments is during the battle of Helm's Deep in the second movie. In case you haven't seen it, let me sketch out the details to give you the context.
In Virtues: Skills of the Soul, Part 1, we identified the practicality theology as the study of God and then started diving into seven virtues as C.S. Lewis points to them in his book, Mere Christianity. We noted the importance of these virtues as a way of living for us to grow in the knowledge of God and the image of Christ.
"To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice" (Proverbs 21:3). Throughout Scripture we are given many "lists of virtues or character traits that we as Christians are to practice (Romans 12:17-21; 2Peter 1:5-8; and Colossians 3:2-17 to name a few). Not only does living by them set us apart from the world, but it aids us in fulfilling our higher calling to be like Christ who perfectly modeled these virtues in His life (1John 2:6 and Philippians 2:5-11).
It's on the Christian radio station, it's in the books; many youth leaders embrace it, some pastors even preach it - so just what could be oh-so-wrong with promoting self-esteem? In a nutshell, self esteems says "I'm good enough," while the cross commands our eyes to Jesus, whose perfection exposes just how broken we really are.
There was a desperate, restless aching in my soul to be loved, to find approval. As I flipped through my feed, various streams of content flashed by: Weddings & Romance. Accomplishments. Celebrations. Friendships. Continuing to scroll, I felt the prick of discontentment steadily increasing.
So often we think of peace as something you feel once in a while. I have even heard it said, that when making a decision, you need “feel peace about your choice” in order to know if you made the right one. We often ask God to grant us peace to live a more calm life. But what we fail to realize is that we are asking for a gift our Father has already given to us.
There was a time where I wasn’t leaning on God as much as I should. I felt like I didn’t have the authority that Jesus has given to us. Instead of praying boldly about my depression or insecurities, I would hide in my room, sometimes lying in bed all day because I was too anxious or depressed to do anything if I was off work.
Recently, my mom and I have been working through an inductive study  of 1 Peter together. We just finished 1 Peter chapter 1, studying the themes of suffering and salvation. Today I thought I'd share some of the gems I've been learning about salvation.
If you have ever been rock climbing, even on a climbing wall, you know that there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. You have the harness and rope and the really important guy on the ground with the belay (aka the belayer). There’s the chalk so your hands can grip better and of course the secured anchor at the top.