The Exhausting Task of Finding Yourself and Your Best Life Now
To sum up, most Americans believe that the purpose of life is enjoyment that comes from looking deep within to find your true self, while pursuing whatever brings you happiness. No wonder bestsellers like Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now line our bookshelves.
Christ’s Command to Be Compassionate
Divine compassion has human implications. Because God is compassionate, He expects His people to be as well. The mercy He has extended to sinners like us should motivate us to be similarly compassionate with others. In fact, Christ commanded us to be compassionate.
Suffering is everywhere and inevitable. The phrase, “these things should not be” has constantly entered my mind in this past month. Not only in my own suffering but also in suffering around me.
We do not have to choose between honesty and reverence because of psalms like these. God is not agreeing that our experience is objectively true, but he is demonstrating his willingness to sometimes put compassion before instruction.
The fact that we are exiles on the earth (1 Peter 2:11) does not mean that we don’t care what becomes of culture. However, it does mean that we exert our influence as very happy, brokenhearted outsiders.