- Chris Hill
Many of us put absurd spiritual parameters on our “progress” so we expect to sustain how we first felt.
A true long-term sustainable faith will never feel like it first did, and it’s not supposed to. How could it? Coming to faith in Christ is always exciting at first — but keeping up that level of emotionalism is impossible.
Think of a hit TV show in its first season. New characters, plot lines, scenarios, dialogue: it’s all so fresh and thrilling. But even a TV show that maintains high quality will be a little stale by the third season, because we become very familiar with the tropes and twists and writing.
Think of a marriage: the honeymoon phase. This doesn’t last forever, but many people expect the “butterflies” and “electricity” to keep going. When it doesn’t, disillusionment leads to adultery or divorce or both. Because it doesn’t “feel like it used to” or the very lame “I love you but I’m not in love with you.”
Please don’t do that to yourself. We are done with arbitrary shackles and false goal lines.
If you can push past the initial barrier of fireworks and fog machines, around the bend is a breakthrough in faith that might not “feel” like it did, but was never meant to: because up ahead is an ocean-deep realness that feels more real than feelings ever could.
awww MAN. struggled with this recently. every day is a new day, chale.(via abrokenheartalwaysneedsremending)
My parents have been married for over 30 years and I have been raised in their love. My mother told me my father used to send her a handwritten love letter every day when they were young in Somalia and sometimes twice a day when he missed her something bad. Love is having babies and fleeing a country in war together. It is being scared and being brave anyway. It is missing each other and always being friends. My parent’s love taught me that you need more than beautiful words for love to survive. Love is hard work, it is a commitment every day, it is doing what is necessary to make sure the other person is ok. My father somehow took care of a family of 12+ on a taxi cab driver’s salary and studied by a lamp’s light every night. My mother raised 10 children in a country hostile to their very existence with nothing but pure wit and strength. So I learned early on that love must manifest in actions. My favorite memory of them is how my mother would wait to eat until my father came home every day and them sitting together just laughing, talking, and loving. One time, my father took my mother’s hand and looked at us sitting around the table and told us, ‘you know, I love this woman. She is my best friend.’ And the way my mother still looks at my father, I know he’s not the only one who feels that way.Yasmin Mohamed Yonis, in an interview for the Black Love Project (via ethiopienne)
He will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.1 Corinthians 1:8–9 (via abrokenheartalwaysneedsremending)
The secret of being boring is to say everything.Voltaire. (via quotedojo)