In Matthew 7, Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my father in heaven.” He continues to warn that many will claim that they prophesied, cast out demons, and performed miracles in his name, yet this is insufficient. This tells me two things.
There’s a popular video that circulated Facebook recently about a Harvard psychologist who studies happiness. In one easy sentence, the video posits that happiness leads to success, not the other way around. We often create a reality where we refuse to be happy until we’ve achieved some definition of success, but that way of thinking is dangerous and will ultimately never lead to happiness (or success).
The ultimate test of self-control is habit. Habit requires consistency. It requires persistence despite the circumstances. Habits are immune to excuses. The ability to develop a good habit is how a life changes. The most important habit to form is daily communion with our creator. From this habit we can truly know what is good. From this habit we can begin to develop other worthwhile habits.
My hope on this Earth does not and cannot lie in the outcome of any particular event. In this life, some things will swing in my favor and others will not. Sometimes things will swing in the favor of justice, sometimes they won’t. My hope is in Christ alone. Some Christians have led peaceful, wealthy lives. Some Christians have been beheaded or burned alive. If your hope is in the outcome of a crisis you are facing, you will not succeed. Pray for favor. Pray for justice. But most importantly, pray that your hope would be found in Christ. This is the only way to find peace in the storm. Or more realistically, this is the only way to maintain your sanity and innocence amidst the chaos of sin.
I’ve learned from my experience and from watching those around me that those who struggle to manage money do so because they are more concerned with appearing wealthy than being wealthy. For those concerned with appearing wealthy there are many solutions - buying things on credit being the most effective.
I’ve had a few different blogs - all on WordPress. WordPress is an excellent blogging platform, but at this point in my life I need something a little more interesting. I started using a static site generator called Jekyll Now. This allows me write my posts in markdown using Vim and publish via Github.