When my friends and I were moving into our apartment, family cast-offs suddenly became gold. Furniture, kitchen stuff, hardware. We each boxed up everything we could scavenge, and let me tell you, it added up to a lot.
We somehow wound up with three different kinds of vacuums and three couches. Our kitchen cupboards are stocked full of unused appliances. Our closets are bursting as always. And of course, we needed multiple packs of command strips for our piles of home décor.
Usually, this doesn’t strike me as odd. It’s just how we live, and it’s all a blessing. It’s fun to have things look nice. But sometimes it gets to me. The lure of materialism is all too
What does “comfort” mean to you? Maybe it’s coffee and a blanket while the sun rises. Maybe it’s your loud, laughing group of friends at a restaurant. Maybe it’s reading your kids a bedtime story in a dimly lit bedroom. Comfort can mean any number of things to us, depending on our personalities and what lifts our hearts.
But what about when life is anything but comfortable?
Truth be told, those moments of joy are fleeting. Gaping cracks between them fill with worry, stress, and at times, intense pain and confusion. Surviving from happy moment to happy moment is no way to live.
Are tears and anguish a sign of love? Popular opinion would say “most definitely not,” but the Bible seems to disagree.
In his letters to the Corinthians, Paul reproached a lot of sin and gave much instruction. In places, he could’ve been accused of being harsh. Here’s what he says about it:
For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you. 2 Corinthians 2:4
Paul claims these letters have been for the Corinthians’ good: to show his love. He
Hello! I'm Anna, a college student living in the Midwest. I'm a strong believer in uncontrollable laughter, powerful words, and a morning cup of coffee. I pray these posts will encourage you to live a full life with and for God: unhindered. Look forward to new posts every Monday morning!