When you write a persuasive essay, you should save your strongest argument for last. However, when I started outlining this series on humility, I felt negligent starting with anyone but Christ.
When I was little, I loved any song with the word joy, mostly because my middle name is Joye (pronounced joy), and I liked the idea that people were singing about me.
One of the most common Christmas carols with the word joy is “Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts. Surprisingly, Watts’s inspiration was not Luke 2, the account of Jesus’ birth, but Psalm 98, a psalm that praises Christ for His imminent return. That’s right: one of our favorite “Christmas” songs is actually about Christ’s second coming.
Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion knew exactly what they needed: a trip home, a brain, a heart, and courage, respectively. They were also very certain of how they would receive the necessary gifts; after following the Yellow Brick Road, they would find a Wizard who could give them what they lacked. If you are familiar with The Wizard of Oz, then you know that these four travelers all received what they needed, but they didn’t receive what they expected.
The same statement can be said of the nation of Israel.
I have a new favorite piece of art, and I have to admit that the basis of my appreciation is my own interpretation of the artwork. I haven’t researched the piece, so I don’t know what the artist intended for me to understand.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author of Lies Women Believe, wrote,
Most people–even Christians–have unthinkingly exposed themselves to so much deception that they do not even realize they are being deceived (35).
Every day, we are vulnerable to an attack from Satan. He “holds out the glittering promise of ‘real life'” (32), desiring to “win our affections, influence our choices, and destroy our lives” (32).
On our own, we are defenseless. Like a rose in a hurricane, we can do nothing to stop the onslaught. Thankfully, we don’t have to fight alone. The verses below show that when we are vulnerable to Satan’s lies, God is ready with the truth.
Ten Verses for When You Feel Vulnerable
I’ve never read the book Backwards Beauty, but the short videos are pretty funny.
The author of Backwards Beauty, Jessie Minassian, takes a satirical approach to showing girls, “You have a beauty the world doesn’t understand.” After listening to her interview a few years ago on Focus on the Family, I came to appreciate her “completely illogical” approach to to teaching girls to view themselves through God’s eyes. She gives her readers “10 steps to feel your worst!”
Last week, I said that everyone is stressed. This week, I’ll propose that everyone is tired.