I was thinking the other day about how much my life has been shaped over the six years I’ve been here at IHOP. The great part is that none of it has happened through large, complex, sweeping illustrations and arguments. It’s never a matter of “This teacher put together all those passages, read it through this lens, retold it with a certain kind of spin, and BAM! Suddenly I hang on his/her every word.” It’s a matter of simple, one-line statements that basically say, “Yep, the Bible actually means what it says when it says XYZ.”
When I’m in the middle of an emotional swirl, I don’t have the patience or brainpower to summon that fantastic six-point sermon. What I remember is that handful of words with the umph (and sometimes the “ouch”) behind it to pierce my own mental fog and keep me clinging to Biblical reality.
…I figure I’ve got a few more months of quoting them before I get to pull the preacher trick and just say, “It’s like I’ve always said…”
– I am loved by God, and I am a lover of God; therefore I am successful.
– God is not mostly mad or sad, but mostly glad.
– Love does not have to be mature before it’s real.
– There is a difference between weakness and rebellion.
– God’s correction is not God’s rejection.
– God will use the least severe means possible to bring the greatest number of people to the deepest level of love without violating anyone’s free will.
– Tithing: You can’t afford not to.
– We need a Judge.
What about you? What one-liners stick with you (IHOP or otherwise)? Please share in the comments. 🙂