God's thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are they even like ours. We aren't even in the same neighborhood.
We're thinking, Preserve the body; he's thinking. Save the soul.
We dream of a pay raise. He dreams of raising the dead.
We avoid pain and seek peace. God uses pain to bring peace.
"I'm going to live before I die," we resolve. "Die, so you can live.' he instructs.
We love what rusts. He loves what endures.
We rejoice at our successes. He rejoices at our confessions.
We show our children the Nike star with the million-dollar smile and say, "Be Like Mike." God points to the crucified carpenter with bloody lips and a torn side and says, "Be like Christ."
~Max Lucado, The Great House Of God