1 And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 1 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 2 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” 2 And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” 2 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 2 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. 2 Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 2 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 2 Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” 2 But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” 2 And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” 2 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers[b] or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 3 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”"One thing you still lack..." As I'm looking to gain a more clear identity in Christ, I would like my lifestyle to match this God-awareness. "What is impossible with man is possible with God." What's key to this whole journey is recognizing God's Sovereignty both in showing me who I am in Christ and growing in me a deep understanding of how that is lived out. I thank God for both the sermon from Friday and the young man sitting beside me. He has orchestrated beautifully a lesson taught and some of the practical implications. And as was so graciously pointed out to me this afternoon by the young man, God saves us, not us. And as I have been learning, He is who he says He is. Another key point that was mentioned in our discussion is that we are only sojourning here... just passing through until we meet face to face with Christ, so why accumulate so much stuff? Why indeed...
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How do you start a journal (online) unless you know where you have been through the process of writing? It all began with my aunt giving me a diary at age 9/10 until now - age 28. What a journey it has been!
Reflecting on almost 20 years of writing: I thank God so often for the desire to record prayers, life events, concerns, sins, frustrations, observations, sermon notes and much more through journals. Recently I began art journaling which moves a bit away from writing specifically and more to seeing the world around me through colours, imagination, and mixed media. Expect pictures in the future… but for now, enjoy the words of a relational observationalist. :)
Excited to be starting Life Book, hopefully I will update this blog with the processing and art of this course :)