Yellow Bird

Month: September, 2013

Made For Another World

Really, I just feel like writing a bunch of quotes from John Piper’s book Don’t Waste Your Life because that is all that’s on my mind at the moment and I will not be as eloquent or succinct as he. Also, I feel like every blog I’ve written is about the same thing, but maybe that’s the point. We were made for a purpose, to glorify God. This becomes our joy once we surrender to Christ. I’m learning that it really is a joy to trust in the Lord. Now here come the quotes…

“…this Savior is himself the fullest and most beautiful manifestation of the glory of God.”

“When we embrace Christ, we embrace God.”

“The bloody face of Christ crucified (and triumphant!) is the countenance of the glory of God.”

-Piper

This is by no means something that I fully grasp or know how it looks in real life, but this is what we were created for…to glorify our creator. It only makes sense. Again, my words seem like rubbish compared to the wise preacher’s, but writing about these things helps me understand them more fully, and my aim is for you to feel the same way as you read.

“God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives.”

-Piper

Every part of our lives has potential to glorify God or glorify ourselves. To love Christ and to love others as Christ did is to glorify God. God is love, so naturally when we love as Christ loved (sacrificially, unconditionally), we glorify God.

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
-C.S. Lewis

The kind of love that Christ displayed seems like it belongs to another world. This world we live in now feeds us lies that we need more, we aren’t good enough, we have to climb to the top before anyone else gets there. It puts all emphasis on self. This is why there is so much inner turmoil in people who have realized they were made for another world. People who have chosen to follow Christ have a battle to fight at each moment. Will I glorify my creator or let self rule? We were created for that other world, that world of glorifying God for who he is through his Son, Jesus Christ.

Bless the Lord

Sometimes I wonder why on earth I believe I have any control over anything that happens in this world. Why is it so easy to forget I am a tiny human, created and loved by God..loved so much that he doesn’t allow me to call the shots. If he did, I wouldn’t have survived this many years.

Surrender. It’s a hard word to comprehend, much less put into action. It’s weird I phrased it that way, too, because surrender seems like it should be a passive word. I’m learning it’s quite the opposite. This word is beginning to be the theme of the new things God is revealing to me. Slowly, he will continue to strip away what I think will sustain me to show that He is the true and sole sustainer.

My brother, Stephen, sent me this song a couple weeks ago and I have been obsessed with it ever since. It makes me cry, especially now… “You Know Me”

“You know when I rise and when I fall
When I come or go, You see it all
You hung the stars and You move the sea,
And still You know me”

-Bethel

I have nothing more except some of Psalm 34…

“I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul boasts in the Lord, let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name TOGETHER. I sought the Lord and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. The poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.”