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Top 10 Things to Remember by Larry Crabb

September 26, 2011

As I reflect over the past ten years, these are the top 10 things I desire to remember.

  1. There will be seasons, perhaps days, perhaps years, when no truth however expressed – whether through Scripture, prayer, the kindness of a friend, music or dance – will reach your soul deeply enough to offer joy or hope.  During those seasons, remember it was when our Lord lost all sense of His Father’s presence that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.  The Spirit’s best work is sometimes done in the worst times.
  2. When all is lost, everything will be gained.  Emptiness embraced and brokenness owned creates a void of all that the human soul longs for.  The outpouring God cannot see such a void and restrain Himself from filling it – in His time and in His way.
  3. There will be seasons when an honest look into the mirror of your soul will fill you with disgust and despair.  You will not only hate what you see but you will also fear you will never change.  During those seasons, as pride is purged, you will be immobilized in quiet desolation.  It is then you will be able to rest at the foot of the Cross and know the love of the Crucified One.
  4. Only suffering arouses the deepest thirst.  Only uncertainty breeds stable hope.  Only failure and fear escort you to the center of your God-filled soul and will then release you to be the poem of God’s making.
  5. There will be seasons when your persona feels necessary and therefore justified.  Nothing will begin to release you from its stranglehold more than an honest search to know your impact on another.  The broken jar of brittle flesh will then crack and living water will trickle out of your soul into another with the fragrance of Christ Himself.
  6. Every disappointment in both relationships and ministry as well as in physical and financial circumstances opens the door to the sustaining discovery of a prophetic burden that no disappointment can destroy.
  7. There will be seasons of blessings and freedom and joy that seem as if they will never end. Cling to those seasons and you will be assigned to lesser battles in the advance of God’s kingdom. Cling to the source of blessings, freedom, and joy and you will be rewarded with fiercer battles that accomplish much more.
  8. Refuse to be surprised when life does not work as you wished.  It is then that you will be given a clearer glimpse into what God is really doing.
  9. There will be seasons when fear will plunge you into the prison of self-obsession where you will be helplessly curved in on yourself and will taste the hell of the inability to love.  When you cry mercy with no claim to deserving it, you will discover the key to the prison door is already in your hand.  The choice to indulge your deepest desire to love will bring you to the outskirts of heaven.
  10. Demand nothing here.  Expect everything there.  Surrender all rights to justice, to loving treatment from others, to fulfilling ministry, to all the good things of this life and you will be given tastes of the good things to come.  That is how you taste the Lord and discover that He is good.  It is those tastes that fill you with sustaining hope until you’re welcomed to the banquet.

Did any of these resonate with you? What are your thoughts?

Larry Crabb

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8 Comments
  1. Ted and Linda Hamilton permalink

    Dear Larry and Rachel,

    The 10 things to remember are profoundly true and comforting. Thank you for making the truth so clear and accessible and turning us to the certain hope that we have in Christ

    Ted and I are so thankful for your ministry. Your teaching this summer, in England, continues to help and bless us. You are both in our prayers.

    May He bless you and keep you close,
    Linda and Ted Hamilton

  2. April permalink

    Yes they so resonate with me. I read 66 Love Letters every day and they help me so so much.

  3. Did any of these resonate with you?

    Oh yeah, they sure do!

    I am currently preparing a Blog post on ‘The Gentle Art of Letting Go’ and I was inspired by

    ‘When all is lost, everything will be gained. Emptiness embraced and brokenness owned creates a void of all that the human soul longs for. The outpouring God cannot see such a void and restrain Himself from filling it – in His time and in His way.’

    Thank you so much Larry for sharing your words gleaned from deep talks with Daddy, Jesus and Spirit.

  4. Absolutely beautiful! Profound and True! God Bless you and thank you for that. A great time for reflection!

  5. Thank you Larry!

  6. Shirley Bidnick permalink

    I have been reading 66 Love Letters and it brought me to your web site and blog. I study the Bible, one book each week(some weeks two books) throughout the year. Your book has enriched my study this year. It all seems easy, love God, and others as myself. Your book explains why it’s not. I find it hopelessly refreshing, or at least honest and realistic.

    I have a 33 year old daughter with a genetic syndrome, 4p-, which has left her with severe developmental and physical disabilities. I try to understand the purpose of her life. I find comfort in John 9:3. Rochelle is loveable and loving. God has used her to help me be more loving, but I’m still not good at it. Does God use individuals who suffer and are dependent to draw us to Him, and learn how to love? Is this why most people avoid individuals with disabilities, and some resent them?

    In the last two years both of my parents have been diagnosed with dementia, and have become dependent on my two sisters and me. We also care for a widowed aunt who has no children of her own. The challenge to love overwhelms. I understand this is one of those seasons in our lives. None of us saw this coming or planned to spend our retirement caring for loved ones full time. Your book offers me no sympathy. I appreciate that. I don’t want to hear about limits or self care. I want to know that I am here to relate better, and be a Good Samaritan, even though there are other things I want to do, and spend my money on.

    I invested in the study guides for 66 Love Letters. I plan to read all your blogs, one day at a time, and your other books. I need all the help I can get with my unloving attitude. Thank you.

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