Wednesday, February 25, 2009
PDL Day 1
I never came back and finished my Feeling Nostalgic Today post and as usual, I've lost all the other stuff I was going to say. I think what was really in my heart on Saturday was that the summer spent in Belize should have been a turning point in my life. In fact, I guess it was a turning point in my life, but I chose the wrong turn.
I've been listening a lot to Susan's pastor and one of his sermons really spoke to me. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you which one it was, but please listen to them all (Community Bible link is on my right sidebar). He is FANTASTIC!! If I remember correctly it was one of his Ecclesiastes sermons, which taught about how we should encourage the young, the unattached to try new things, to go places they won't be able to go when they are married and working. That if you are currently in a place in your life where you can go and do things for God - missions or other, that you should take the opportunity of your place now and do those things. I'll listen to his sermons again today and try to give you a direct link. But seriously, listen to him! He's a lot of fun! Thanks for turning me on to him, Susan!
I started reading The Purpose Driven Life this morning and will be reading one chapter a day until Easter Weekend. I think this allows enough time to take Sundays off to reflect on the previous week.
Chapter one is "It All Starts With God". There were three sentences in particular today that jumped out at me (maybe because they were italicized? :o)
the first was "Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life."
Isn't that what we all crave? A free life, dead of obsession and worry. It must start with realizing it is not about us! There is a good book written by Max Lucado called It's Not About Me that I really liked. I recommend getting the workbook, too.
The second sentence was about self-help...and this is an area that I totally get caught up in, but the Bible says "Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self." HUGE CONCEPT for me to grasp today. I understand it and believe it, I just need to practice it.
The third theory I liked was on P19 where he says "it is not about how to cram more activities into an overloaded schedule. Actually, it will teach you how to do less in life - by focusing on what matters most."
This is a concept I think many people today do not get, I know I for one struggle with it. ~ Living in the moment and experiencing (without rushing through) it all so that you give meaning to all you do. I have really been trying to slow down, not rushing, thinking about whether or not we need to run a particular errand at this particular time or if by eliminating something we can gain more benefit out of the other things we are doing. I think there is a lot I can eliminate that would help us do less of the unimportant and focus on God.
I don't know if I will blog about each chapter every day, but I will post the Question to Consider each day and try to come back and give my own answer.
Question To Consider: In spite of all the advertising around me, how can I remind myself that life is really about living for God, not myself?
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