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Here's a thought, a quote, and a resource I wanted to share with you this Thursday.

I always finish my podcast interviews with two questions: what are you learning, and what’s encouraging you?

I was challenged by how Gregg Allison responded to the second question:

“What's encouraging me right now? God is sifting me in a way that I've never been sifted before. Very solid, steady, hard discipline. I am more aware of my sinfulness, my need to not just daily but hourly confess my sin not only to myself, but to my wife, to my friends. I've been coming undone and it's been really, really hard, but very sweet because I am learning in a way I've never learned before that the gospel of Jesus Christ is my only hope and self righteousness. And trying to merit and earn God's favor and trying to clean up my life, it's absolutely futile. And, so I've been blessed by God through very difficult Hebrews 12 kind of discipline. And I'm I'm experiencing in part the good fruits of holiness and righteousness. And I long for that to continue and to multiply.”

I’ve been reflecting on this. He’s found Hebrews 12:11 to be true: “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” I’m thankful for the severe mercy of God’s discipline.

“God could create scientists, mathematicians, athletes, and musi­cians. He doesn’t. He creates children who take on those roles over a long process … In our spiritual lives, as in our professional lives, and in sports and hobbies, we improve and excel by handling failure and learning from it. Only in cultivating discipline, endurance, and patience do we find satisfaction and reward. And those qualities are most devel­oped through some form of suffering.”

(Randy Alcorn)

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Thanks for reading!

Darryl Dash
author of How to Grow and 8 Habits for Growth