“When my daughter was a toddler, I used to take her to a park not far from our apartment. One day as she was playing in a sandbox, an ice-cream salesman approached us. I purchased her a treat, and when I turned to give it to her, I saw her mouth was full of sand. Where I had intended to put a delicacy, she had put dirt.

Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was she any less of my daughter with dirt in her mouth? Of course not. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her mouth? No way. I loved her right where she was, but I refused to leave her there. I carried her over to the water fountain and washed out her mouth. Why? Because I love her.

God does the same for us. He holds us over the fountain. “Spit out the dirt, honey,” our Father urges. “I’ve got something better for you.” And so he cleanses us of filth; immorality, dishonesty, prejudice, bitterness, greed. We don’t enjoy the cleansing; sometimes we even opt for the dirt over the ice cream. “I can eat dirt if I want to!” we pout and proclaim. Which is true—we can. But if we do, the loss is ours. God has a better offer.”

Max Lucado, “Just Like Jesus” (via soniajlee)
❝ We’re all amateurs at faith, hope and love; don’t be too hard on each other. ❞
Bob Goff on instagram (via pureblyss)
❝ We’re all amateurs at faith, hope and love; don’t be too hard on each other. ❞
Bob Goff on instagram (via pureblyss)

jspark3000:

When people say, “I’ve never seen that side of him before” — I want to say, “You have another side too. We all do. You’re just hiding it today.”

It’s ugly to watch someone lash out, blow up, and melt down: but we are all just as capable of the same crimes and cowardice. Please don’t be too hard on others when their worst is exposed, and don’t despise someone whose worst is different than yours. We’re all a little crazy and we all need the same grace.

— J

❝ I wanna learn to pray the way that David prayed
I want my soul to burn when I hear Your name
I wanna feel like new, I wanna hunger for You
Bring me back to life like only You can do
‘Cause I don’t wanna stay the same
You told me, look for You and I will find
So I’m here like I’m searching for the first time
Revive me, Jesus, make this cold heart start to move
Help me rediscover You ❞
Starfield (Rediscover You)
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