It’s July 4th, a day of remembrance and celebration. When I was a child, July 4th meant three things for me: 1) eating hamburgers and drinking a lot of soda, 2) spending the day in the middle of nowhere lighting firecrackers, and 3) the chance to once again scare my brothers with said firecrackers. And as an added fourth thing, getting in trouble for scaring my brothers. This year, though, Independence Day seems to also be about something else: sarcasm.
We all chase after temporary things to find our identity, even those of us who know we shouldn’t. We are allured and seduced by success, approval, relationships, money, and even legalistic religion. In Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You’re Believing, Pete Wilson addresses these issues of idolatry and identity head on.
Hope is, well, tricky. Those who have hope seem to make it through life in some of the toughest, darkest situations. Those who feel hopeless tend to wane away in even the best of times. This is because hope cannot exist in a vacuum. It doesn’t exist by itself. Hope always has an object of hope, something we are hoping for or something in which we place our hope. If that object is solid and unwavering, then the hope in that object will allow you to win a staring contest with Death itself. If that object has the consistency of quicksand, then you’ll soon find yourself trying to escape the very thing you put your hope in.
“Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other.”1
Posted in The Institutes, Theology
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Several months ago I started doing something new, in an effort to become more authentic on the blog, and joined Joy, a writer I’ve come to know, in sharing about life: unmasked. I’m grateful for Joy’s allowing me to participate in this blog meme, and look forward to sharing some of my struggles, questions, and failures.
Posted in life: unmasked
Tagged Christianity, Christians, Church, Ecclesiastes, God, Gospel, Happiness, idolatry, Jesus, Joy, Life Unmasked, Peace, Solomon