What My Little Boy Taught Me About Loving Others—Guest Post by Steve Austin, with a Special Offer

What My Little Boy Taught Me About Loving Others—Guest Post by Steve Austin, with a Special Offer

The Better Jesus has one focus because there is one thing Jesus said that matters above all else: Loving God and loving others as we love ourselves. That means we get to love ourselves. We get to stop beating ourselves up, talking crap to ourselves, and putting ourselves last Ben. It’s only when we truly love ourselves that we can begin to genuinely love all people.

What would your life look like if you could catch your breath? What if you had more calm and clarity? What if you stopped worrying so much about getting it right and were able to just focus on loving and living? How could you impact your world if you were free of shame and guilt?

Goodbye Formula Jesus — A Poem

Goodbye Formula Jesus

By Stephanie Long

I got so used to

writing formula Jesus,

I forgot how

to write the truth.

I got so used to

wrapping him in a bow,

I forgot he

can’t be contained.

I got so used to

cleaning him up,

I forgot he

lives in the mess.

I got so used to

pray, read your Bible, give, serve,

I forgot a relationship

is not a checklist.

So goodbye formula Jesus

a figment of our creation,

and hello better Jesus

who loves the ones we hate.

It's Time to Heal

It's Time to Heal

But first, I have to do the hard work of healing.

I keep thinking that I'm good. But I've discovered that previous seasons of counseling and attempts at healing have been like putting a tourniquet on a bleeding arm. Sure it stops the bleeding, but if you don't remove the tourniquet and deal with the bleeding, eventually your arm will die.