Lent 2018 Reflections
How busy are you today? You really busy today? It's amazing how easy it is to get really busy. And how often, like, in our lives, like . . .
Lent is a beautiful thing. It's a really unique thing. And it leads into springtime. And we all need a new springtime in some aspect of our lives . . .
As we talk about this theme of progress, I think it's really important to understand that it doesn't matter how small the progress is . . .
One of the powerful phrases we use to encourage people to have an extraordinary experience of Lent is, "Don't give up chocolate for Lent." The idea is that Lent is an incredible opportunity . . .
For twenty-five years I've been talking about God's ultimate dream for us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves . . .
You know, when I hear this Sunday's Gospel, I can't help but wonder, “What was Jesus feeling?” And at this moment, at this moment . . .
So, progress, not perfection. Celebrate our progress, because the more we celebrate our progress, the more progress we're likely to make . . .
One of the great themes of Christian spirituality is self-knowledge. God is constantly trying to help us know ourselves more intimately: strengths and weaknesses, faults, flaws, failings, defects, abilities, desires, yearnings . . .
One of the misconceptions that we can fall into, especially as Christians, is that, in some way, our Christianity is about pleasing people. That we always have to be nice, that we have to please people . . .
People are obsessed with happiness. People are obsessed with being happy. There's a reason, a really good reason. The reason is because God created us for happiness . . .
I think, very often, when we do come to sort of watershed moments in our lives, we come to God, and we say, “Alright God, I'll do whatever you ask me to do . . .
When we talk about becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves, I think it's an elevating idea. I think it's something that is inspiring. It's a concept that is inspiring unto itself . . .
This Sunday we hear the familiar story of the Transfiguration, right? We've all heard this story before. There's so much that we can dig into . . .
One of the things our culture has enormous respect for is success. We're constantly reading about, you know . . .
As human beings, we have this phenomenal ability to deceive ourselves. To be delusional. To step outside of reality. To create our own reality . . .
So we've been talking about character. We've been talking about virtue. We've been talking about making progress and becoming a-better-version-of-ourselves . . .
As human beings, one of our expertise is to make excuses. Our culture has fallen into this sort of macro excuse—this generalized excuse . . .
Our God is a God of purpose. He's a God of purpose. He does things on purpose, with purpose, for purpose . . .
We spend a lot of our time . . . we spend a lot of our lives working. And so it's impossible to address the concept of life, the concept of becoming perfectly yourself . . .
This Sunday we get something so incredible in the Gospel reading. But it's also really easy to overlook. In this Gospel, we get to see the rich humanity of Jesus . . .
If you could do anything with the rest of your life, what would you do? Most people never really think about the question because they think it's not possible . . .
Once we know what we love doing—once we know what produces that timelessness, that incredible experience . . .
One of the main goals of our spirituality, one of the main goals of Christianity, and one of the main goals that God has for each and every single one of us . . .
When you have a big decision to make, who do you talk to? Whose advice are you looking for when you got a big decision . . .
At the core of becoming perfectly yourself is this concept of living an authentic life. And of course, we have to make it much more . . .
So if in order to become perfectly ourselves, to be the person God created us to be, and to live the life God created us to live, the key is living an authentic life . . .
In this Sunday's Gospel, we get to hear the most famous verse in all of the Bible: John 3:16 . . .
I think there's a real distinction between responding and reacting, you know? And of course, animals react. Something happens to an animal and an animal just reacts . . .
We've been talking about the authentic life. We've been talking about the integrated life and this desire we have for lasting happiness . . .
One of the biggest issues in our culture over the next fifty years will be addiction. Because, as we have abandoned the authentic life—or even the desire to live an authentic life—as we have abandoned the integrated life . . .
When's the last time you intentionally denied yourself of something? At the core of an integrated life is this discipline . . .
If we do want to live an authentic life, if we do want to become more perfectly ourselves . . .
So if one of the great obstacles of living an authentic life—of becoming more perfectly yourself . . .
Have you ever wished you would hear the voice of God? Have you ever wished you'd hear the voice of God? I know I have. I've had those moments . . .
Life is choices; we're constantly making choices. Scientists tell us that on average we make 35,000 choices or decisions every day . . .
Nothing will complicate your life like money and things. We have this strange way of relating with both. I know people who are incredibly wealthy and completely detached . . .
So as you think about your mission, I think there's a theme that I've noticed that I'd really encourage you to think about: great things happen when your talents and . . .
When's the last time you experienced really good service? It's interesting; it's a beautiful thing when somebody serves other people with pride, with dignity, and pays attention to the details of that service . . .
If we really want to become perfectly ourselves, one of the keys to that is focusing on what we're here to give. What has God created you for . . .
Over and over we've talked about how our God's a God of purpose. He does things on purpose, with purpose . . .
Palm Sunday we get this really familiar passage, this long Gospel reading—the story of Jesus' passion, everything from the Last Supper . . .
When you wake up in the morning, what are your expectations of the day? You know, consciously? Subconsciously? If you think about it . . .
We've been talking about it throughout the whole journey: the best way to prepare for the future is to completely embrace the present . . .
I hate waking up to an alarm clock. So I renamed it. It's an opportunity clock. The alarm clock goes off every day; it's an opportunity . . .
I wonder what the disciples were thinking that Thursday morning. You know, did they just think it was another Thursday? . . .
Life. It's about laying your life down for something that's bigger than you. It's about laying your life down for something that will outlive you. It's about laying your life down for something that's more important . . .
Holy Saturday is a day of confusion. It's a day of disorientation. Imagine how disoriented the disciples felt . . .