Here’s a spiritual reality: real faith grows in the crucible of crisis and struggle. Struggle builds character and resilience. And a major factor making the difference between a strengthened, authentic faith or walking away in unbelief is the context in which the struggle takes place.
For all you parents worrying about your kids at summer camp, take heart—this letter is fictitious. But sometimes we’re not unlike Scoutmaster Walt—when we don’t follow God’s instruction manual we lose our way.
Don’t be distracted by difficulties or hampered by hardships; don’t despair because you don’t have the highest IQ, the richest portfolio, or the finest pedigree. Rather, master a few great, majestic, unchanging, simple, glorious truths—and be mastered by them.
Like the frog in the beaker, we don't realize our small compromises are destroying our lives until we're faced with the consequences of our wrong choices.
Whether we admit it or not, prejudice is something we all battle. Human beings are so innately prejudice we constantly create divisions where there are none. Thankfully, prejudice can be overcome with grace. Where grace exists, there is no barrier.
It doesn’t matter how old they get, or how many parenting books you read…kids still fight. Sibling rivalry is here to stay—our need isn't to get rid of it, but to know how to deal with it. And that is where the Bible comes in handy.