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“All of us long to control our own lives.”

A thought by Jon Tyson from his book, The Burden Is Light: Liberating Your Life from the Tyranny of Performance and Success (p. 60). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
That is the truth.
Jon says, “It is one of our primary coping mechanisms to fend off heartache and pain. And control is not a bad thing in itself. We should take control over abusive, coercive, and harmful things. But when we become obsessed with managing our existence to the point that we stop trusting God or depending on him, we enter the dangerous territory of seeking to become God ourselves. Our culture is riddled with control mechanisms that facilitate this idolatry.”
He goes on, “Seeking to control God and thus narrate the details of our own story cuts at the heart of our faith. Christianity is not primarily a plan of protection against the brokenness of the world but a relationship with Christ in the midst of it. When we confuse those two, we en…
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“The kingdom isn’t earned; it’s a gift. It flows from our generous Father’s love.”

A thought by Jon Tyson from his book, The Burden Is Light: Liberating Your Life from the Tyranny of Performance and Success (p. 55). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Now that is really good news, isn’t it?
Jon says, “At the end of the Gospels, Jesus pressed this point home. While he was preparing for the Passover, a dispute arose among the disciples as to which of them should be considered the greatest. How ironic. As Jesus was preparing the table of redemption centered on grace, the disciples were still competing for their place. Jesus rebuked them and reminded them that they were called to serve. And they could serve because the kingdom is conferred by grace, not earned by competition. Jesus told them, ‘You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelv…

“We are told from a young age that we have to compete and crush to prove our worth.”

A thought by Jon Tyson from his book, The Burden Is Light: Liberating Your Life from the Tyranny of Performance and Success (p. 51). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
We are, and we do everything we can to make that happen, to prove our worth.
Jon says, “You may be a mother who competes with other moms to have the cleanest and most stylish home. You may be a father who competes with other dads to make the most money and be the best provider for your family. You may be a student who competes for grades or scholarships, a pastor who competes for Sunday attendance, or a sibling who competes for your parents’ attention. The winner script is buried somewhere deep in all our hearts. We need another author to write an alternative script that redirects the story of our lives.”
And that is the truth.
Jon says, “If we were to write the Gospels today, they would be infused with this winner script… For generations we have been t…