I Am My Relationships // Paul Tripp, y’all. Breaking us all down to the Gospel.
God created us to be social beings. His plan, from day one, was for us to live in meaningful community with one another. Our relationships are so important to God that He positioned the command for us to love one another as second only to the call to love Him (Matthew 22:37-39). Those relationships must be a very high priority as we make our daily decisions.
No sinner can ever be your rock and fortress. No sinner can give you a consistent reason for hope. Sooner or later, everyone around you will fail you. But there’s an even greater danger here.
As you look to this person for identity, you’re not really loving them – you’re loving you. You’ve turned the second great commandment on its ear. Instead of serving people because you love them, you’re willing to serve them so that they’ll love you. This kind of parasitic relationships is never healthy.
Read it and enjoy grace this Sunday.
because everyone always needs a good laugh…
dear taylor swift, what color is this emotion? love, the floor
Y’all, I’ve been planning our wedding. (See how i really eased into that!?) It really is this unique time where you have the newfound freedom to talk with your other half about the future and then have the ability to actually make things happen. It still feels a little unnatural to me, but it feels most certainly like a gift. AND, we are, like, getting married!!!
There are decisions upon decisions to be made. Ones I never even dreamed of deciding (like using Jackson vine– 12 hours ago, I didn’t know what that was)! Venue. Date. Dress. Food. Flowers. Travel plans. Cake flavors. Wedding party. Guests. Invitation design. Rehearsal dinner options. Your color scheme–stumped by this. I’ve been feeling a little crowded with it all, but I opened my journal the other day randomly to my 22nd birthday and read:
lord, what you will, let it be.
This is my new motto as of this very second. How many times did I say “I” in the last two paragraphs? NINE REFERENCES TO ME. Yuck. Need my One+Only to get back to being my one+only. Here goes to letting it all be about Him! Lord, let it be your will even in something so typically “me” focused.
if you love wit and travel, LOOK NO FURTHER. my girls, mallory and sarah, have started a blog about their travels within their own two cities — washington dc and memphis. get ready for wordless wednesdays, music mondays, and friendsday friday!
in the words of SRB + MAB :: “You know, it’s funny, because when you aren’t looking for something, it’s likely you won’t see it.”
here ya go, folks. something you should be looking for…
(click on me and i’ll take you there)
for 2012 i decided to make resolutions i would be able to keep. things turned out pretty well for me… my two resolutions were to bring recyclable grocery bags in when grocery shopping and to paint my fingernails regularly for work. if i had received a grade… i’d have given myself a B.
for 2013 —
I WANT TO TITHE REGULARLY
I WANT TO GIVE PRACTICAL, THOUGHTFUL, SMALL GIFTS
I WANT TO HABITUALLY PRAY BEFORE MEALS WHEN BY MYSELF
BRING IT ON 2013 — the year of the beard… (in more ways than one)
big things are happenin’ // i’ll be back soon with details
for now, an end-of-the-day glimpse of charleston from last saturday