As we move onto the next chunk of James in our peacemaking series (!), how clearly these themes are beginning to echo all around us!
On the average day, we live caught up in ourselves. That is just so, SO true...sadly. All the suggestions in the chapter 1 post are great ways to get beyond this; to remember to stop belly-button-gazing and keep our eyes looking outwards.
Anxiety. Worry. Stress.
Many of us are so defined by these words. Have you ever considered that these "emotions" are direct violations of a command from God? I think we push these words around so much that it is almost expected that we are experiencing one or all of these at any given moment. Next time, instead of simply asking God to help your _______ (presentation, assignment, meeting, exam...) go well, maybe we can try asking instead for a deeper understanding of His sovereignty/power/love/holiness...and for His peace to wash out those fears.
mini-revelation/reminder while reading this chapter --
My life is not mine, but God's.
Doesn't that go against so much that is ingrained in us? It's my time, I do what I want, no one can or should tell me otherwise.
"Why are we so quick to forget about God? who do we think we are?"
Like the Jesus Storybook Bible (^^) so wonderfully illustrates...it's all about Christ. Not Moses! Not Isaiah! Not Paul! Not me! Not you!
What is your "2/5ths of a second" going to be about? making much of God? or yourself?
How can you bring glory to God while eating a sandwich during lunch break or studying at 12:04am?
Are you ready to die well?
Death has circled around me peripherally a lot this past week. 3 of my good friends had good friends suddenly taken away (climbing accident, illness, and one unknown cause but his body was found in the Mississippi River). All were in their 20s.
Death was not meant to be... but here it is, in this broken world, and it is an alarm clock to us who are still living.
- Those who do not believe in God also sense that it's important to live every day to the fullest. How does the Bible's teaching about this differ from the popular sayings, "Follow your dreams! Be all that you want to be; after all, you only live once."
- Can you think of anyone you know personally who lives as if each day is his/her last? What is this person’s effect on people around him/her? Does this person stand out because of his/her lifestyle?