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To love well, we must also learn to hate. Some of what we hate, we must learn to love. Much of what comes easy will be difficult to endure. Some of what comes with work will give us rest.

Riches are discovered in seeing our real poverty. Safety in a place of risk. More in the place of less.

To live, we must learn how to die. To find life, we must be willing to lose it. To find hope, we must learn to despair. To rise on wings like eagles, we must wait and rest.

To find comfort, we must grieve. To learn self-control, we must surrender. To win, we must put others first. To save our money, we must be willing to give.

To see most clearly, we must focus on something that cannot be seen. To make progress, we must admit defeat. To find ourselves, we must love one another.

To become wise, we must admit our foolishness. To find understanding, we must forget what we have learned.

To be strong, we must admit our weakness. To be satisfied, we must be willing to hunger and thirst.

To be great, we must serve. To work hard, we must learn to rest. To keep, we must be willing to lose. To retain, we must be willing to release.

To save the present, we must be willing to live for eternity. To prepare for eternity, we must see the importance of the present.

To find comfort, we must be willing to hurt. To be accepted by God, we must give up any hope of earning His approval. To live our own life to the fullest, we must let Someone else live His life through us.

To find safety and satisfaction, we must learn to trust a God who has a good way of calling the wicked “righteous,” and every reason to see things which are not as though they were.

Is there any wonder the Scriptures say that “the just will live by faith” (Rom. 1:17), and that the “wise” of this world will call us foolish? Is there any wonder the apostle Paul was not loved by everyone who heard him describe the people of God as those who are “deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well-known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things”? (2 Cor. 6:8-10).

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4 Responses to “Word Puzzles”

  1. poohpity says:

    Through the history recorded in the Bible it seems that the Lord always uses extraordinary means to achieve what some would put every ounce of their sweat and energy into accomplishing. He does things in a way that confounds everything we can rationally explain. That is why he gets the glory and we sit in awe.

  2. Tawnyas says:

    All of these truths absolutely baffle me. I find myself striving to “work them out” in myself and then realizing that all I can even begin to do is surrender myself to God and Trust that He will lead me in the way of redemption and righteousness. I can not do it out of my own sinful, weak and selfish nature.

  3. Ted M. Gossard says:

    Yes. The power of paradox, as Michael Card puts it, and seems to revel in it, or at least think in terms of that. So it is.

    Through Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension this new creation has invaded the old and is beginning even now to make a difference in all the above ways you describe. In anticipation of Jesus’ second coming when at last all things are made right and new. But we begin this in him, now. But like you say, in ways that run against the grain of the old world: in the way of Jesus.

  4. desert rose says:

    Reading these truths reminds me of the ‘seasons in our lives’ as stated in Ecclesiastes. I want to return to these truths often to allow God to speak to my heart. Thank you for expressing them so well.

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