Here is my list of the books I read in 2020 that I think would benefit you if you read them.

I changed it up at the end of the year and read/began reading a couple of fiction series. I did this because 1) I was actually pretty emotionally and…

“I am no longer my own, but thine.

Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,

exalted for thee or brought low for thee.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.

Amen.”

“Wesley Covenant Service”, John Wesley, Founder of the Methodist Church

Also, did you know that Martha’s Vinyard is the site of the first Methodist Summer Campground in the United States?

I have always respected an honest opinion. I like dealing with people who will share their feelings even if those feelings might be unpopular, make the person sharing them unpopular or not make the people they are sharing them with feel good.

But just because someone is honest, it does not make them right.

An honest opinion can still be honestly wrong, or at least based on incomplete or misinformation.

Originally published at Niles Holsinger.

“People are not the enemy. The enemy is the enemy.”

My father-in-law says that a lot. And it’s true.
People are not the enemy, but people can be stupid.
And hurtful.
And mean.
And angry.
And insecure.
And hurting.
And sad.
And bitter.
And broken.
And hopeless.
And sometimes, so am I.
We must learn to forgive.
We must learn to give the people the benefit of the doubt.

“We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.” — GK Chesterton

Originally published at Niles Holsinger.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28–29

It’s an invitation.

It’s an invitation to a new way of living.

It’s an invitation to peace.

And all it takes if for me to let down my guard, drop all pretense and show. I have to become honest and authentic with where I am. I need to completely open up about my pain, frustration, worry, doubt, and fear.

I have to come to Him.

Originally published at Niles Holsinger.

I’m amazed at how many people I meet that are missing great opportunities because they can’t bring themselves to let old things go.

People that are holding on so tightly to an offense that they don’t have a hand free to grab on to something good that might be coming…

This is a term we are all familiar with. (Unless you live in a cave somewhere.)

These are the rules that we have to agree to so we can use specific devices or software like our phones or social media. …

It’s time to shake off that old thing that’s been holding on for so long that you feel as if it has become part of your body.

Maybe it’s a failure, a heartbreak, or something you wish you had said but didn’t or never had the chance.

Whatever it is, whatever has anchored you to your past, leaving you unable to move forward into freedom or destiny, maybe it’s time to leave it.

Maybe it’s time to let it go.

Remember, “You don’t drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there.”

Originally published at nilesholsinger.com on May 16, 2018.

Has God put something in your heart to do? Then do it! Why are you waiting to start?

“Don’t think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment… Travel light.”
Matt. 10:9–10 (MSG)

Originally published at nilesholsinger.com on May 14, 2018.

Find one or two people that you know could use a friend and give them your time, your love, and most importantly your sincerity.

Originally published at nilesholsinger.com on May 11, 2018.

Niles Holsinger

Husband. Father. Pastor. Pilgrim. http://nilesholsinger.com

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