Despite how everything may seem to say otherwise, you are loved. You are more loved than you will ever know.
Contentment is often tied to happiness. Yet, the apostle Paul's life as an apostle is marked by anything but happiness. If being content is not the same as being happy, what then is it?
Adults, whether parents or mentors, should be preparing teens for adulthood. As children become teens, adults in their lives should begin looking to connect with them instead of always correcting.
I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. We say that, but how often are we looking to men and women to save us?
The final topic we examine from John Climacus' "The Ladder of Divine Ascent" is the topic of exile. Exile in Christianity was originally a positive thing in Christianity, and Climacus teaches us how and why we should live our lives exiled from worldliness.
Today we continue in day 2 of John Climacus' "The Ladder of Divine Ascent" and examine his claim that believers must detach. We as believers must detach and detox from materialism and devote ourselves to Christ.
Reading through The Ladder of Divine Ascent by John Climacus, I am amazed that this book is still the go-to book for the life of ascetic monasticism in Christianity today. While this book was written around 600 CE for ascetic monks, there is still many truths to be gleaned from this for lay-believers today.