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Are You Hardcore?

Love (Divine) Discipline (Self) Die To Self

Source: “Why you should be 'hardcore' about one thing in life,” by Katherine Martinko, Tree Hugger, December 22, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-04

Scripture: Matthew 5:43 ; Romans 5:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Katherine Martinko, with Tree Hugger, writes:

You've probably heard Nietzsche's famous phrase, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." The underlying message is that difficulties can be important growth experiences; they fortify us for the future, make us more resilient and resourceful. The phrase came to mind when I was reading an article by financial independence (FI) blogger Tanja Hester, a.k.a. Ms. Our Next Life. In it, she asks, "What's your 'selectively hardcore'?"

[W]hat Hester's talking about is the idea that sometimes it's valuable to have one carefully-chosen lifestyle habit that may be viewed as 'hardcore' by the rest of the world, but is meaningful to you.

You might not be hardcore in the other things you do, but having that one quirk teaches you important lessons and offers perspective.

Hester's own "selectively hardcore" is turning down the indoor heat to 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius), cold enough to solidify the dish detergent and to require a hot water bottle in bed at night. Being a finance blogger, she has obviously calculated the savings (approx. $250/mth x 6 cold months = $1,500/year). She says that she and her husband could afford to turn up the heat, but they don't because "it's important to do one thing consistently that tests you."

What are these benefits that warrant shivering in one's home? Hester writes (expanding on each of these points in greater detail in her original article):

- We're stronger than we think.

- Pain is temporary.

- It's always possible to learn new things or embrace new experiences.

- Comfort is a privilege.

- Gratitude is something you can feel.

"What began as a knee-jerk financial reaction has turned into this wise teacher, teaching us about life, ourselves, and not really about money at all. But we wouldn't have learned these lessons -- and certainly not felt them in our bones -- if we hadn't stuck with this stubborn idea consistently every single winter."

APPLICATION

If Christianity has a hardcore quirk, it's found in Jesus' words, “Love your enemies.” What could possibly be more "hardcore" than that?  

Yet this command should be profoundly meaningful to every Christian.  After all, isn't this how God responded to us in our rebellion? Despite our sin (acts of rebellion against God), Christ died for us.  Though we rejected Him, He gave everything for us.  And then He calls us to love others with the same love.  A love that reaches out to its enemies.  

Indeed, what begins as a totally counterintuitive act can turn into a wise teacher, teaching us a lot about ourselves.  Like how empty we are when it comes to real love and how much we need God's help if we are to love others the way He loves us. 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others?  Do not even pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:43-48). 

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). 

A New Identity

Humor Identity Die To Self

Source: "Paul for Everyone: Galatians and Thessalonians"

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Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2015-06-18

Scripture: Galatians 2:20

Author: N.T. Wright
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There is a story about Margaret Thatcher visiting a retirement community while she was serving as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  She walked around visiting with residents and shaking hands.  When it seemed like one woman did't recognize her, Thatcher asked, "Do you know who I am?"

"No," the woman replied, "But if you ask the nurse, she usually knows."

APPLICATION

In Christ, we are to intentionally forget who we were and take on a new identity.  Paul instructed the Galatians that following Jesus means letting our old selves die so we might take up a completely new self.

Have you forgotten who you were? Ask Jesus, He usually knows!

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).

The Paradox of Courage

Courage Die To Self Death

Source: As quoted in WILD AT HEART by John Eldredge, p. 169

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-03

Scripture: Joshua 1:9 ; Matthew 16:25

Author: G.K. Chesterton
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"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. ‘He that will lose his life, the same shall save it,’ is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book. The paradox is the whole principle of courage; even of quite earthly or quite brutal courage.

"A man cut off by the sea may save his life if he will risk it on the precipice. He can only get away from death by continually stepping within an inch of it. A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine.”

G.K. Chesterton (1874 –1936) was an English writer. His prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, playwriting, journalism, public lecturing and debating, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction. Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox,” and has become one of the most quoted of modern evangelical thinkers.

APPLICATION

John Eldredge adds the following comment: “The most dangerous man on earth is the man who has reckoned with his own death. All men die; few men ever really live. Sure, you can create a safe life for yourself … and end your days in a rest home babbling on about some forgotten misfortune. I’d rather go down swinging. Besides, the less we are trying to ‘save ourselves,’ the more effective a warrior we will be.

John Eldredge is an author, a counselor, and teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own heart in his love, and learn to live in his Kingdom.

"If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it" (Matthew 16:25).

“This is my command--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

The Right Kind of Separation from Sin

Temptation Die To Self Filled With The Spirit

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2015-02-13

Scripture: Matthew 5:30 ; Galatians 5:16

Author: Rod Crowell
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From My Cold Dead Hands

Control Submission Die To Self

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2015-02-10

Scripture: Romans 5:12 ; Romans 8:13

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Descending Into Greatness

Humility Jesus' Humility Die To Self

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-06

Scripture: Philippians 2:9

Author: Bill Hybels
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Acts of Humility

Humility Self-control Die To Self

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-06

Scripture: James 4:10

Author: Jeremy Taylor (as paraphrased by SemanticBible.com
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Like A Frog In The Mud

Devotional Thoughts Die To Self Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-05

Scripture: Galatians 2:20 ; Romans 7:24

Author: Dominic Barberi
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Your Two Greatests Moments

Worship Devotion Die To Self

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-17

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:5 ; Philippians 2:13

Author: Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell
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We Died Before We Came Here

Gospel Die To Self Missions

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2014-07-17

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:31 ; Luke 9:24

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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