Wasteland Kings

Archive: May 2014

Consistently living in the moment is basically impossible. In Matthew 6:34, Jesus tells us to not worry about tomorrow and only worry about today. It’s a clear command that seems pretty simple. It’s also one of the most difficult commands in Scripture. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own. – Matthew 6:34 It’s really hard to follow this command because of the difficulty and incredible number of…

How we thank God is just as important as how often we thank Him. Sometimes, we get too caught up in how often we are thankful. We shouldn’t thank God because we feel obligated to be thankful. That’s not real gratitude. We should be thankful out of appreciation. If I walked up to Mother Theresa, while she still walked this earth, and thanked her for her years of inspiring ministry, this would be an act of obligation. I never learned…

I am the best Pharisee in the room. God help me. It’s not a small problem. You might think it impossible for a kind, personable, and generous person to be a Pharisee. In reality, it’s very possible. He wrote this blog. I call myself a Pharisee because I am obsessed with my performance and how I stack up against everyone else. I constantly evaluate myself and others based on things like intelligence, accomplishments, and clothes. I easily fall into the…

The best way to master our fears is to beat them with faith. Unfortunately, all of us struggle with a lack of faith on a daily basis. All of us wonder whether God really loves us as much as He promises in Scripture. For me, many days feel like a constant battle between my faith and my fear. This battle is decided in my daily choices to either feed my faith or my fears. Most of us respond to the…

I wonder how many of us feel like the only person who doesn’t fit in at church? I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt like I’m going through initiation at a fraternity when stepping into church. Even when many of us find a small group and get plugged in, we still fight the feeling of being an outsider. A good deal of this problem comes from our unhealthy tendency to compare ourselves to each other. Because we compare ourselves…

I have experienced a sizable amount of grief from the loss of both my parents. I know that traveling through the valley of pain and grief can be one of the hardest parts of this life. That knowledge inspired me to jot down some of the lessons that I’ve learned from walking through that valley. 1. Grief is Like a Backpack I think it helps to think of grief like a backpack. In my experience, it weighs me down and…

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