Wednesday, July 23, 2008
A New Outlook
I am rereading Max Lucado's "In the Grip of Grace",(very good book) and I think I have come to a new realization. I was having a thought about how I have been learning about God and growing consistently in my walk for about 3 years now, and that I will be able to tell new Christians many things I have learned or experienced..and then I thought, you know, three years isn't very long..but I'll bet in twenty years I'll be really wise..and then I realized that I am never going to be wise. I'm never going to know it all. I am going to have to go to the Lord each and every day and lean on him all over again. And it's enough. I can be obedient and I can be thankful, and I will certainly tell people about God and who he is, and how much he loves them. I want to make a lifestyle of thanksgiving and praise and trust. I have to learn to forgive, daily, hourly when people hurt me or are rude, and I am reminded that they don't have the peace that when this is all over, it's going to be okay. I get that. I would be cranky too. God forgives as we forgive. So, I have just had a thankful, kind of introspective day. It's been sweet. I prayed Psalm 61 and 62 this morning..verse 5 stuck out to me.
For you have heard my vows, O God;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
P.S. One of my closest friends called me this morning and told me she got married in a private ceremony to her boyfriend (whom I haven't even met yet). He is in the Navy and is shipping out for six months in August. I cried. He is a nice guy, but not a strong Christian. Not exactly the best choice, considering that she's not strong in her walk, either. I wish she would have given it more time. I think people rush because they don't want to give it time to go wrong..but if that's the case, then why would you want it? I pray that God would take over in both of their lives and that they would have a solid, loving relationship. Also, we held our first Bible study. It was great, just four of us, and all Christians. We didn't all know each other well, so it was a good time for us to share our testimonies and just get some good God talk going, which was a blessing because we will be having unbelievers join us and they probably wouldn't have been able to relate yet.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
Any thoughts on Young's Literal Translation? I want to get as close to the actual text as possible.