What The Gospels Don't Teach You About Jesus

What The Gospels Don't Teach You About Jesus

Maybe it will help you fall more in love with Him.
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I think that sometimes we forget Jesus was a normal guy. Yes, I know, fully God and fully man, but like OK. He’s still God, so he can’t be that normal.

I think maybe it is because the Gospels bounce from miracle to miracle and that we just imagine that every day He did something extremely noteworthy. In reality, though, His ministry lasted for three years so there’s no way that the gospels cover all that much.

Do you ever think about the ordinary days that Jesus had that the gospel doesn't really mention?

I think it’s beautiful to think about all the times He laughed 'til He cried with His friends. I bet Jesus’ laugh is incredible. I like to think that Jesus laughs at me rather often, but that’s beside the point. And the fact that they probably had inside jokes like we do. Can you imagine what it would be like to have an inside joke with the person who gives you your very breath to laugh in the first place?

Think about Jesus doing laundry. Picture Jesus running around cooking and cleaning and making his bed in the morning, brushing his teeth. He probably overslept every once in a while, too, imagine the God of the universe waking up late and scrambling. I bet He was a graceful scrambler. He had a morning routine; He had to get His hair cut. He probably had sore dirty feet from walking about town. Maybe he snored in his sleep. Imagine being a disciple and listening to the one who gave the gift of sleep snore in His very own sleep.

Picture the normal suppers, not the last supper. He probably had a favorite food and would get excited to eat it. Imagine Jesus asking you to pass the rolls and bumping the hands that would be nailed to the cross. Imagine the dinner time conversations you could have with the Man who gave you life in the first place.

Maybe a few nights Jesus couldn’t sleep and He looked out His window out onto the world. Imagine the God of the whole universe looking out of His unknowing human eyes at His creation, gazing at it from the place we see it. Imagine that. Imagine the questions you would ask Him; what was it like to shape the planets, why did He make stars twinkle?

And then maybe one evening the disciples were out hanging out with Jesus and the sun starts to set and the colors fill the sky and maybe Jesus stops too. I wonder what sunsets are like in heaven. Imagine what Jesus loved. Imagine His fascinations. Imagine watching a sun set over the horizon with the Man who created day and night.

And then imagine the next day He raises a man from the dead, or maybe He decides to walk on water.

Did you ever think that maybe it’s not the miracles that are so miraculous, but rather the fact that He lived? He lived as a man. He lived as a human like one of us and He didn’t have to.

Maybe it isn’t the miracles that are so unthinkable.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Since When Did Having Your Life Figured Out Become An Expectation?

There's no timeline for life, and there shouldn't be.

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Let's just cut to the chase. There shouldn't be an expected timeline of life that us, as humans, should be expected to follow. There isn't a certain age that we should be married by, or a time slot that we have to graduate in. It's just unrealistic because, well, life happens. And the majority of the time, we can't control it.

So then why does society pressure us into this schedule that seems to be looming over our heads? There's no consequence to not having children by 27, there's nothing wrong with having a steady significant other and not being engaged by 24. And really, nothing horrible is going to happen if your timeline doesn't match up with your best friend's.

A whole lot of things in life are out of our control. We don't know when we're going to meet "the one", or even if we already have. We don't know what job we will have after graduation, or if it will be a job we stay in for years to come. And guess what: it's okay. Because we have time.

One of the best lessons I have learned in my life is that we cannot control everything in our lives. We can't predict the future. Yes, you can feel as though you have your whole life planned out, but in the blink of an eye, everything can change. So moral of the story, don't stress about things that you can't control. Because all the time you spend stressing about them, is time that you could have spent enjoying the moment that you are in.

There's not a fairy that is going to come down and curse you for not having a job by 23, or forbid you from finding love because you haven't found it by 25. It's an unrealistic expectation. And guess what: life happens on its own, and we can't control all of it. Sometimes it may suck, and it can be entirely unexpected, but it's life. So put an anchor in the present, and have faith that you will figure it out.

Because you will.

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