We Are Free to Fail

Fortunately, for the downtrodden and addicted, Paul was not whistling “Dixie”.  God does not get things done in the world by merely adding a new coat of paint; He brings the house down to the foundation so that he can build something new.  God does not argue with us so that we take our medicine and get well.  He raises us from the dead!  God doesn’t give us advice about how to overcome; in the gospel, Jesus has already overcome!  Amid our glorious ruin, Jesus is strong, so we’re free to be weak; Jesus won, so we’re free to lose; Jesus was a somebody, so we can be a nobody;  Jesus was extraordinary, so we are free to be ordinary; and Jesus succeeded for us, so we are free to fail!

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 154-155

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It Will Vanish Like Last Night’s Dream

The impact of every serious effort at reform, renovation and spiritual renewal in the United States will vanish like last night’s dream if it is not sustained by the power of the paschal mystery.  The unspeakable power of the Spirit is unleashed with astonishing force through the folly of the Cross (I Corinthians 1:23-25)

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 154