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If we do not gladly reflect God's glory in worship, we will nevertheless reflect the glory of his justice in our own condemnation. "Surely the wrath of men shall praise thee" (Psalm 76:10).

—John Piper, Desiring God


To give you an idea of the day's course, I'm only now having lunch, and a day at the office tomorrow is guaranteed. Yet the latter, oddly, redeems the former a bit: once I have a sense of my course and what it requires, it is easier for me to follow it.

Remaining tasks before Sunday include preparing the Order of Worship (a little staple/fold action, anyone?) and recruiting over 35 volunteers for Sunday services to run smoothly (ushers, readers, communion servers, child care, etc.), since I haven't yet finished the July-September Quarterly Schedule. Sure, I've been very busy, but I also procrastinated until I got bit. I can be a real screw-up sometimes.

More than being redeemed by my knowledge of it, however, the course ahead is redeemed by Him: "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). I needed friends to remind me of this today, and I'm going to keep needing reminding until the end. Forgetfulness is the nemesis of faith.

Desiring God is sneaking in under my book-snobbery to actually reach me. Think God might have a purpose in humbling me? Oh, you can count on that...

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