Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
- 1 John 2:15-17, the Message Version
So we’re not giving up.
How could we!
Even though on the outside
it often looks like
things are falling apart on us,
on the inside,
where God is making new life,
not a day goes by
without his unfolding grace.
- 2 Corinthians 4:16, The Message Version