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Serving Christ gets hard. Harder than we expected. Harder than we can endure. We are tempted to think, “No way can this turn out well. My life – the only one I have – is going to end up on the junk pile. I must be crazy to be out here doing this, taking these risks, getting hammered with this criticism, paying this price.”

But the truth is, your life is retelling the story of Jesus in his death and resurrection. “If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him” (2 Timothy 2:11-12). He died, and now he lives. He endured, and now he reigns. He wasn’t crazy. And however this turns out short term for you, God will take care of you.

Remind yourself every day: You’re not crazy.
Ray Ortlund

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