Last night I wrote about joy.
Then I went to bed and didn’t get much sleep.
This morning I woke up to another Planned Parenthood video, in which a former employee describes taking a baby whose heart is still beating and cutting its face open with scissors to harvest the brain.
I wrote about joy.
Talk about the rubber meeting the road.
Joy abides. Even in this.
Notes from John Piper’s message “Don’t Waste Your Life”, featured at Ligonier Minstries’ 2011 National Conference:
The three discoveries that define an unwasted life:
- THERE IS A GREAT AND HOLY GOD WHO INTENDS TO BE KNOWN TRULY AND TREASURED DULY. “What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?” Romans 9:22
- I WAS A CHILD OF WRATH, BUT CHRIST HAS MADE ME A CHILD OF GOD, THEREBY ENABLING ME TO BRING GLORY TO HIS NAME. “… who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began…” 2 Timothy 1:9
- THE LIFE THAT EXALTS THE GLORY OF GOD WILL DEMONSTRATE JOYFUL SUFFERING IN THE SERVICE OF LOVE. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven …” Matthew 5:11
"But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think." – Lord Byron