What is it about suffering that seems to put us into place? We’re living life but then there’s a car accident, or a diagnosis, or a death, and suddenly what mattered before no longer matters, and what didn’t matter before now infinitely matters. Suffering reveals what actually mattered all along. What is of most importance following a tragedy is what is of most importance all of the time, sometimes we just need a crisis to remind us. Suffering can be a great reminder. It can put everything into perspective. During suffering, money no longer matters, status no longer matters, families begin to matter again, friends begin to matter again, God begins to matter again. I’ve noticed that when there’s a tragedy - it’s people that matter. We’re not concerned with our reputation or our net worth - but suddenly we want to treat the people around us a whole lot better. Does God redeem suffering, pain, and tragedy to reveal to us what really matters? #ColesBlog
I try not to serve God because I owe Him, but because He’s beautiful. When Sam asks me to do something - I do it. Even if she doesn’t ask me, but if I know it will make her happy - I do it. This is not out of fear of her breaking up with me if I don’t - but out of love for her. It doesn’t feel like obedience, it feels like adoration. I want to do anything I possibly can to put a smile on her face simply because I adore her, because she is beautiful. I hope to one day serve God in that way. To find Him so attractive, so worthy of my attention - that I would spend all of my time and energy conjuring up ways to please Him. What a relationship that would be. I guess that is the sign of a renewed heart - "when what you ought to do is what you want to do." When you don’t feel like you’re obeying God, but when you feel like you’re adoring Him. #ColesBlog. Just testing out the waters right now. I hope to post a new piece of writing every Monday.
I don’t know if this is by nature or by nurture - but I feel I’m constantly trying to figure things out. I’ve noticed this about myself. I'm always trying to simplify everything, trying to comprehend everything. It’s just the way I am. There’s something in me that needs to make complexities a bit easier to understand. To be honest, though - when it comes to life, when it comes to existing - I can’t wrap my mind around it. Life doesn’t have tutorials. Life doesn’t have one of those how-to articles with seven steps. Life is too long and messy and chaotic and evolving and spontaneous for that. Life is too big for that. But I don’t think we’re supposed to have it all together, I don’t think we’re supposed to know what we’re doing or where we’re going. I think that’s why Jesus told us to follow Him - because you don’t follow someone if you already know where you’re going. There’s a pattern in Jesus’ life - He almost always surrounded Himself with the simple-minded. He wasn’t looking for the intellectuals and the scholars, they tend to think they already know it all. Jesus was more intrigued by those who didn’t have it all figured out, and didn’t claim to. Perhaps that’s because He knew they would follow. #ColesBlog.