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One of my least favorite parts of playing sports in middle and high school was the requirement to stretch before practices and games. The most difficult stretch for me to execute was the standing quad stretch. You probably know the one.
I would balance on one foot, grab the opposite foot and bring it up behind me, while bending the knee. The reason this stretch was so challenging was that it required balance. I remember spending the duration of the stretch wobbling back and forth just trying to stay standing.
In a world full of uncertainty, the value of absolute truth is hard to overstate. Life is comprised of a wide range of emotions. Circumstances are always prone to change. But there’s a simple practice that has served as an anchor for my soul.
When time are tough, when I have doubts, or when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I have developed a habit that brings unspeakable consolation. I ask myself one question: What do I know to be true?
Romans 5 is one of those glorious chapters which can be read in a minute but could be contemplated for a lifetime. In only a few verses, Paul, in typical fashion, plunges simultaneously into the depths of mankind’s depravity and ascends to the heights of gospel grandeur.