All for the Joy


kd sullivan:

Friends…just this today…

Originally posted on Journey Towards Epiphany:

This is a repost…but I don’t think I could write a better description of my life today.

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How to be deeply pressed and yet not be depressed.
How to remain under stress and not crack for the pressure cooker that transforms uncooked hard flesh to tender heart.
How to allow the bitter to turn sweet. How?

How to face giants without human companionship.
How to distinguish small still voices swallowed in roaring, raging winds.
How to say yes when it would be so much easier to say no. How?

Jesus, our mentor, has gone before us in every area, this one incuded. Pressed on every side, and pressured by the enemy to turn back from His assignment, he stayed. He stayed unmoving even under pressure that squeezed blood from His sweat glands. He did it for the joy that was set before Him.

And maybe this is how. Maybe we…

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One thought on “All for the Joy

  1. “for the joy that is set before us” This resonates for me, how I’m learning that God moves us not toward an absence of pain, but toward the presence of life-changing joy. I have to learn to hunger for and be motivated by that too. Thank you for linking up this week at Unforced Rhythms.

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