Max Lucado

We are weary

We are weary. Weary from relationships that don’t work or careers that don’t satisfy or bodies that refuse to heal. Weary from too many trips to the cemetery, therapist, or happy hours that are anything but. Our shoulders slump. Our eyelids droop. We are tired. A tired generation.

Blame it on the “reach for the moon” work ethic. We saddle up the horse called “go get ’em” and do exactly that. Blame our weariness on the Internet revolution. We’re never unplugged. Blame our exhaustion on a peculiar pride we have in margin-less living. We are proud of our long hours and late flights. The consequence? A society of exhaustion.

Are you among them? You don’t have to be. Jesus has an invitation for you: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

How Wide Is God’s Love?

 It’s nice to be included. You aren’t always. Universities exclude you if you aren’t smart enough. Businesses exclude you if you aren’t qualified enough. And sadly, some churches exclude you if you aren’t good enough. But though they may exclude you, Christ includes you. When asked to describe the width of his love, he stretched one hand to the right and the other hand to the left and had them nailed in that position so you would know he died loving you.

Surely there has to be a limit to this love. You’d think so, wouldn’t you? But David the adulterer never found it. Paul the murderer never found it. Peter the liar never found it. When it came to life, they hit bottom. But when it came to God’s love, they never did. How wide is God’s love? Wide enough for the whole world, and you’re included.

Max Lucado – He Chose the Nails