1. The world markets fear. It trades in anxiety. The world wants you to worry. But the King says, “Don’t be afraid.” Furnish the home of your mind and heart with passages that remind you to not be afraid. Arrange the rooms of your soul with passages and stories of God’s provision and protection. Fill your life with reminders that the unseen realities are the highest realities so that you will be content and have confidence in your King.
2. I used to not understand David in the Psalms when he would talk about how much he loved the law. Made no sense to me. I did not love the law like he did. But Willard helped me see something I had not been able to see – the law is the path toward the best life possible. Obeying the commandments of our God requires faith that he knows what he is talking about. I had no problem with placing my confidence in him for the afterlife. But I did not have much confidence in him for this life.
3. If grace is not the modus operandi, it’s not a ministry, it’s a business and grace is just marketing.
4. I love being isolated with my family.
5. The only political perspective that is helpful and needed during this global event is that we have a King and a kingdom. This is also true during the normal times.
6. In the midst of a harder situation for believers, Peter says, “Fear God. Honor the Emperor.”
7. (Laying out in the yard listening to Bob Dylan with my son, Dylan)
Dylan (11): Do you like this Bob Dylan song more than “Where I Belong?”
Me: Nothing is better than “Where I Belong” buddy.
8. Sometimes confidence in God will look like to others you are not taking a situation seriously.
9. Blaise Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
Lean into that.
10. Everyday Poem #16, “While Everyone Else Was At Work”
While everyone else was at work
I reclined in a hammock
under the towering oak
like God in full glory and majesty
and which we know
could fall on us at any moment.
But I drank red wine
from a mason jar and
read Donald Hall poems, as birds
sang or talked, I couldn’t tell.
In early April you can smell
the privet and cut grass
(and red wine too)
if everyone else is as work.