The only happy people I have ever met are those who have found some way to serve. I do mean that. Such folks are not preoccupied with self-image, success, and power. They almost always began conservative and traditional with rules, discipline, and structure that created a kind of compression chamber. Only very comfortable people can believe in the performance principle for long. As we grow, the chamber becomes tight and oppressive and usually based on exclusion. So we begin to practice what we call “the sacred no” against self-serving laws, traditions, and cultural practices that pose as the will of God. We are no longer willing to prop up the status quo and believe this is all there is to life.
continue reading Richard’s devotional at: https://cac.org/category/daily-meditations/2016/06/