love, life, obsession and toes

q: “what does it look like to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength?”
a: “well, i think about being obsessed with a person. when i [love] a girl, i don’t have to tell myself to think about her all the time. it just happens.”

oh. oh.

c.r.: “what you’re obsessed with says a lot about who you are.”

“God wants to overwhelm your heart with His delightfulness.” — johnny vanderhorst

“Gospel-humility is not needing to think about myself. Not needing to connect things with myself. It is an end to thoughts such as, ‘I’m in this room with these people, does that make me look good? Do I want to be here?’ True gospel-humility means I stop connecting every experience, every conversation, with myself. In fact, I stop thinking about myself. The freedom of self-forgetfulness. The blessed rest that only self-forgetfulness brings.

True gospel-humility means an ego that is not puffed up but filled up. This is totally unique. are we talking about big self-esteem? No. So is it low self-esteem? Certainly not. It is not about self-esteem. Paul simply refuses to play that game (I Cor. 4). He says ‘I don’t care that much about my opinion’and that is the secret.

A truly gospel-humble person is not a self-hating person or a self-loving person, but a gospel-humble person. The truly gospel-humble person is a self-forgetful person whose ego is just like his or her toes. It just works. It does not draw attention to itself. The toes just work; the ego just works. Neither draws attention to itself.” — tim keller

“you are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. in return (i speak as to children) widen your hearts also.” — 2 corinthians 6:12-13

“You are my deepest longing
and so i see You everywhere
it’s You i’m chasing after
because i’m captivated
by Who You are
and how You move
i’ll follow You forever”
— audrey assad

emily: “does anyone ever realize life while they live it…every, every minute?”
stage manager: “no. saints and poets maybe…they do some.”
— thornton wilder, our town

“through the work of Jesus, we are more than noticed by God. we are warmly adored and beaming in the light of divine favor and delight.” — andrew byers

“for freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” — galatians 5:1

i will let you draw your own conclusions as to how these things relate, but that’s some of what has been rolling around in my mind for the past few hours, days and weeks.