In this clip from Despicable Me, Gru needs his adopted daughters to jump from a flying ship so he can save them from crashing. Though it doesn’t make sense and is frightening, they trust his words and jump anyway
The film Pay It Forward imagines what can happen if everyone gave someone an act of kindness that could not be paid back and then all those people did the same thing to another person.
What would you do if you had no fear? “NPR podcast Invisibilia tackled that question in its second episode by talking to Antonio Damasio, a University of Southern California neuroscientist who has treated a woman—referred to as SM—with an inability to feel fear. SM suffers from Urbach-Wiethe disease, placing her among a group of only about 400 people on the planet with the condition.”
While fear can be a healthy emotion, it can also keep us, at times, from trusting God. What would you do if you completely trusted God and couldn’t feel fear?
In this time when multi-tasking is so popular, we often forget how valuable being single-minded can be. When we focus on one mission, we are easily able to push away
“Surely, while we teach that faith ought to be certain and assured, we cannot imagine any certainty that is not tinged with doubt, or any assurance
“There is no panic in Heaven! God has no problems, only plans.” – Corrie ten Boom
One episode of The Jim Gaffigan Show, “The Calling,” examines how one’s calling can vastly differ from one’s gifts or placement.
“God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.”
“Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.” – Billy Graham
In an article about sanctification for The Gospel Coalition, Wendy Alsup writes, “When you feel ‘stuck,’ when you feel like you are continually rehearsing the same struggles,
Elisabeth Elliot was considered one of the most influential Christian women in the 20th century. She was the wife of martyred missionary Jim Elliot and after his death,
“Somehow we realize that great stories are told in conflict, but we are unwilling to embrace the potential greatness of the story we are actually in.
“You don’t really know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.”- Timothy Keller, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
“When trials come no longer fear
For in the pain our God draws near
To fire a faith worth more than gold
“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”- C.S. Lewis
Blow up a balloon, and mark two “X” marks on it with a permanent marker. Place the marks a short distance away from each other.
The video below provides a great definition of dramatic irony—when an audience is in on a secret that the characters in a story don’t yet know.
“The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves.