Being Better than Your Parents is the Wrong Goal

God gives two questions to answer and two courses to follow.

Growing up in a godly home is no guarantee you’ll follow God. You can live better than your parents did. Or you can live worse. It’s true. But it’s also true that a godless home doesn’t doom you to a failed life.

Being Better than Your Parents is the Wrong Goal

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One man told me had as his goal to be a better father than his father was to him. And he did it. But then he realized that wasn’t enough.

Being better than your parents is doable, sure, but it’s the wrong goal.

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Worth Living

Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Makes You Worthy (Baker Publishing Group, 2016)

We were designed by God with a worth that reflects the dignity He designed us to have. Sin has marred that original design, but it has not removed our longing for God’s original intention. We yearn to know we’re worthy—but our fallen nature seeks sources for that affirmation other than the One who gave us our worth.

Mary DeMuth’s pen has once again dipped in the inkwell of her own painful experience and written what we all feel with questions we all ask: Am I worthy? Am I loved? Am I defined by my past . . . or by what I accomplish?

Better still, Mary has pointed us back to God with answers we all need to hear. She records lies we listen to and truths we need to cling to. She writes:

May you look at yourself in the mirror and genuinely smile at who you see—a woman dearly loved by Jesus, one worth sacrificing for, being gentle with. . . . You are his lovely dwelling place, infused with worth.

I was well into Worth Living before I realized Mary wrote it for women! It ministered to me as well.

Why You Should Avoid the Path Of Least Resistance

The life we seek isn't found by avoiding pain. It comes another way.

The path of least resistance is a fact of nature. Rivers always flow around a mountain rather than through it. Electricity always moves through a circuit’s “easiest” route. Human nature is no different. Unfortunately.

Why You Should Avoid the Path Of Least Resistance

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We tend to do that which is easiest, often to the neglect of that which is best.

  • It’s easier to read a magazine than to read your Bible.
  • It’s easier to sit in front of the TV than to spend time with your kids.
  • It’s easier to lose your temper with your spouse than to control it.

Following the path of least resistance can become a habit that guides our lives. We make choices based on what is easiest, most pleasant, or least painful.

But God has a better plan for you.

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