More from James Bryan Smith in his epic trilogy on spiritual formation. These are really worth your time. Here more of what I’ve loved from The Good and Beautiful life, p182 over the weekend.

“We live in the unshakeable kingdom of God, so that even when we are tested, we never fail. This is why I am confident that our world is perfectly safe. Safe? You may be thinking, are you kidding? This world is scary and dangerous! That is true if you are on the throne of your life, living outside the kingdom of God. Inside the kingdom of God we are in no danger.

No danger? You could get cancer, hit by a bus, lose your job or lose a loved one in a heartbeat. Let me say clearly: none of these things can harm those who live in the kingdom. If we die, we step into glory. If we lose a job, we can learn how to trust God for something better. If we lose a loved one, we can be certain that we will soon enjoy their company, for all eternity. As long as we live in fellowship with our good and beautiful God in his mighty kingdom, we have nothing to fear, not even fear itself. For nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God. When we know this to be true, we can let go of worry and begin living with confidence and joy.”

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