There are certain things that happen in circles that can't happen any other way. That's by design. Intimacy and authenticity go hand in hand. You can't grow spiritually unless you're connected relationally. God created us for community. And you've already taken the most important first step.”
A beautiful face will age and a perfect body will change, but a beautiful soul will always be a beautiful soul.
IF ONLY our eyes saw souls rather than the shell we portray, how very different our ideals of beauty, strength, heroism and defeat would be. How very different would this church be if care of the soul, not customer satisfaction, bigger numbers or entertainment value were our primary concern.
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” Goethe
“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2 (Msg)
Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters.[f] Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. 14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Heb 3:12-14