“Virtue is excellence, something uncommonly great and beautiful, which rises far above what is vulgar and ordinary.” — Adam Smith

Think about the rarity of virtue these days. It is so rare that when confronted by it, we ourselves are perplexed, yet immeasurably refreshed by its existence.

We live in a time where virtue has been cheapened to mere morality – morality is not virtue. Virtue cannot be attained by acts of human efforts, though it often gets placed into this category. A person with virtue is one who displays a deep authenticity in the way they handle others and anything (good or bad) that comes their way with grace, wisdom, steadfastness, and love. It cannot be mimicked and I love that.

As followers of Christ we are called to a life of virtue. A life that is so perplexing and refreshing that it breathes new hope and life into this dying and unsettled world.

It always blows my mind how relevant the word of God was, is, and always will be. Check out Psalms 14-16 below:

“The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one” (Psalm 14: 2-3, NIV).

The Lord is constantly searching the earth for those who are seeking him – those who contain His virtuous Spirit. And sadly, we humans have disappointed. But Psalm 15 and 16 goes on to explain about those who He sees and is pleased by. What a joy it would be to bring pleasure to the Creator!!!

“Those whose walk is blameless , who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart…who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind…whoever does these things will never be shaken” (Psalm 15: 2, 4b, 5b, NIV).

“I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing‘” (Psalm 16:2, NIV).

If you skipped over that last sentence, you missed the whole point of this post.

Apart from God we have no good thing. Can you say that with full conviction? That without God there is nothing that we can do that will ever be good enough? I’ll speak for myself when I say I’m tired of striving. I’m tired of trying to please people who never seem please-able. Our world is dehydrated and we need to quench it with authenticity, we need more virtue. Allow the I AM to exhale into us His spirit of strength, fervor, and virtue that He should be well pleased.

XO, Alexis

Bruised, Not Broken

Bruised, Not Broken

Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

— Isaiah 35:3-4, 10b

I have a prediction for 2O16 and the years to come: the world is going to get a lot darker, the people more hateful, and the news a lot more shocking.

Like anything in need of healing, it must get worse before it gets better. How do I know that? Simple, by observing the human body. Take a bruise for instance. What might look like a black abyss on your thigh is really quite miraculous — the healing process is taking place. What might seem like the horrible stomach flu, is really the body cleansing itself from that which is unseen – the bacteria that we are unaware of. Have you ever thought about the miracle this is?! Our bodies quite literally take care of business while we rest our bodies in a deep slumber.

The way our body heals and repairs itself parallels the way our world heals. There is much more going on in the unseen than in the seen. Things are only going to get uglier but I promise you, this is only the beginning of God’s redemption. He is repairing souls, He is transforming hearts, and He is ready to come save us. “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come…” (Isaiah 35:4)

So family, my challenge for us all is one that requires a shift in perspective. Instead of being sucked into the abyss of fear and worry – lets put on Truth and choose to see healing. Most importantly, lets be strong and fearless because our world is bruising but our God is rising gloriously like the sun on the throne of victory.

xoxo — Alexis Reinsel