Engineering easy circumstances,
and avoiding the hard ones, is my passion when I’m ShepherdDave, wise in my own eyes, leaning on my own understanding, confident I know what’s best for me and those I love. But easy never grows me more Jesus-dependent, more DumbSheepDave. Only the hard. So why do I obsess over engineering easy, and not embrace the hard? World, flesh, devil. The right-side-up kingdom of this world has convinced me that the values of the Upside-down Kingdom of Jesus are undesirable. I don’t want hard, weakness, dependency, to be pitied above all men: I wanna feel good about myself. I wannabe admired, envied, not pitied. I want easy.
The sanity prayer. “Whatever it takes, Lord, to grow me more Jesus-dependent, no matter how hard, that’s what I want more than anything else in this world. Thank You that suffering produces perseverance, and then character, and then hope/faith/dependency.”
–ShepherdDave, needing prayer for fresh conviction of the sin of independence, so he’s lowly and beloved DumbSheepDave, so the pre-believers around him are wowed and want Jesus too (please pray now)
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