"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." -- 1 John 4: 7-12
"Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God." -- Romans 12:1-2
“Those who love their own life will lose it; those who hate their own life in this world will keep it for life eternal. Whoever wants to serve me must follow me, so that my servant will be with me where I am. And my Father will honor anyone who serves me.” -- John 12:25-26
You’re not ready. You may have convinced yourself that you are, but you’re not. Like most people have confessed with their mouth that “Jesus is Lord” and proceed to be plunged in water as a profession to deny oneself, you believe that you will imitate Christ. That you, a former unaware and/or unabashed sinner, will proverbially carry your cross through your streets and place of work and not only profess the name of Jesus, but somehow be the B+ reincarnated version of Him through your weak, 27% body fat frame.
"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." - Isaiah 26:3
There's nothing worse than knowingly walking into a hostile environment. Where you know your coworkers speak slanderous words behind your back, but deceptively smile in your presence as they ploy to oust you from your position. Where you come home from said job and know that you and your spouse are on the cusp of falling apart, but neither of you wants to say it out loud. Where you're in a constant state of depression because of your challenges, but can't tell anyone; and if you do, you'll be met with glances of condescending remorse or chaffing ridicule.
"And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask for you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?" -- Deuteronomy 10:12-13
"So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?"-- 1 Kings 3:9
In an era where almost nothing stays the same for consecutive years, one of my favorite things about God is that he remains the same. Whatever wonders he was able to conjure up in our favorite Bible stories that persons in those narratives prayed for, he is still capable of doing today (1 Kings 3:3-15).