Elizabeth Hagan is an ordained American Baptist minister. She blogs at Preacher on the Plaza, part of the CCblogs network.
So many of us have desires for our lives that begin: “I deserve” or “I must have.” We want what everyone else has. We ask God for very specific things. We want life to be somewhat fair.
Of course, it’s very human of us to feel this way.
There’s a popular misconception when it comes to advice we give and crave during difficult times:“You’ll get through this. You can do it!” “If I can survive this. . . . I can do anything.”
In life’s hard places, we rally ourselves around images of strength and courage.
“Don’t ask what the world needs,” says Howard Thurman. “Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
This was the guiding quote of a church visioning retreat I led recently.
There’s a popular poem about JOY, which you may have heard before. It’s an acrostic.
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