The Shallows: Part Three
August 11, 2019 • Stuart Hall
Shallow people tend to move too fast, avoid personal interruptions, and never learn how to see the people around them. We don’t have to work at being shallow. We have to work at being personal. Something changes in a relationship when we take the time to understand someone’s everyday context. Discovering someone’s interests shows he or she is worth liking. It communicates value, and this is important because there are people all around us convinced that Jesus doesn’t want anything to do with them. Stop and look around: there is someone who needs you to see them. Someone needs you to believe in their potential to live a remarkable story. Everyone needs someone who sees them the way Jesus does.
The Shallows: Part Two
August 4, 2019 • Stuart Hall
Many of us live in the shallows surrounded by our secrets and our struggles. We believe the lie that if we're honest about the state of our heart, people will abandon us. So, we remain silent while our shame and guilt devour us from the inside. We settle for a version of life far less than the one God intended. When we lose our intention, we become vulnerable to our worst decisions. Our pride tells us to conceal, but freedom resides when we possess the humility and courage to leave the shallows by revealing our struggles. Confession hurts. Concealment hurts more. In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. Everybody doesn't need to know something, but somebody needs to know everything about you.
The Shallows: Part One
July 28, 2019 • Stuart Hall
You're carrying labels from your mom, your dad, your family. You're also carrying labels from bullies, from friends, and from social media. There are so many voices. Because of this, a lot of us are manicuring ourselves and living beneath the person God created us to be. But the most important label is from God; the truest label is from God. While there are so many voices shaping how you’re trying to be seen, listen to Jesus because He's got a name for you.