50 Conclusionary Thoughts (from life experience)

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  1. Salvation is not earned, it is a gift.
  2. God loves everyone more than we can fathom, not just a small group of religious people who earn special entitlement (still taught in the church today)
  3. The practice of spiritual gifts is not more important than the practice of love.
  4. Operating in power is not necessarily more powerful than operating in faithful love.
  5. Expression (creativity in any form) can be an act of worship and is free from failure because the purpose is in the expression.
  6. God can repair anything that appears unrestorable.
  7. God can carry you through something you can’t carry yourself through.
  8. God can make beauty from ugliness.
  9. Many of the most precious things in life never draw attention to themselves.
  10. Sometimes things that revolve around lots of attention are rooted in brokenness and unhealthiness.
  11. God cares more about our inward peace than our outward performances.
  12. Relationships based on expectation aren’t based on love.
  13. Different seasons of our lives can feel like completely different lifetimes and aren’t always meant to be resurrected once they’ve passed.
  14. God has the ability to keep me better than my ability to keep myself.
  15. God only is ever acting out of love towards me.
  16. I can always trust God completely, including with absolutely everything, right now.
  17. Money has never been a good enough reason to direct the course of my life.
  18. Risk on the side of courage, fearlessness, and failure rather than on the side of safety, self-protection, and the approval of others.
  19. God has never asked us to worry and never will.
  20. God lives extravagantly.
  21. God doesn’t love the church because she’s earned it.
  22. Lack of understanding is not cruel, it is freedom and a fertile land for growing trust.
  23. Remembering our forgiveness really can make any cloudy day bright.
  24. The most selfless people on the planet have the titles “Mom” and “Dad”.
  25. Everyone is worthy of love.  No matter their religion, location, looks, or titles.  No one has earned it.
  26. God really does know the intimate details of our lives.
  27. Some christian movements that have drifted into maintenance of works or divisive theology began with the strong, simple message of God’s love.
  28. Love listens.
  29. You are meant to enjoy being alive.
  30. God can take any negative influence in our life and make it a place of liberty and strength.
  31. Belief in Jesus is coming into the realization of the truth that he loves us.
  32. Being understood feels good but is largely inconsequential in life.
  33. All things are heading towards the unveiling of God’s goodness.
  34. Eliminating the desire and the need to control other’s words, actions, or choices is your first step towards loving them.
  35. The root of control is ultimately fear, not love.
  36. Nothing can replace the experience of God’s love in our lives.
  37. Your value in God’s eyes never had its origins in your perceived productivity in his kingdom.  He has already given you his love for free, not as a reward for works.
  38. God does not love in gradients or degrees, it is who he is.
  39. Feeling bad about something does not earn your forgiveness for it.
  40. God’s gift to humanity is people.  The people in our lives are a gift to us.
  41. Love is not motivated by fear.
  42. Your relationship with your family is more telling than the accolades of strangers.
  43. God created people to fall in love.  With him and with one another.
  44. Let yourself be happy.
  45. Let yourself change.
  46. You are really forgiven, live as such.
  47. Play is one of the secret weapons of living.
  48. God is good company if we let ourselves simply enjoy him.
  49. Yesterday and tomorrow have no right to steal from today.
  50. God helps us become friends with ourselves and helps us stay that way.

 

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