Somebody said something about laughter using up calories, so first and foremost:
DJ (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: ‘How much do I cost?’
(Well, if you didn’t laugh, hopefully you at least smiled!)
Second and foremost ( :P ), it has dawned on me that I’ve been neglecting something extremely important, when it comes to these study notes. Like Craig says, there is often too much studying of books, and too little studying of The Book. The time you spend reading something else, is taking away time from reading God’s Word, even if it’s about God’s Word! Of course, I’m NOT suggesting that you read nothing else. But you do need to see what it says to you personally, and not always what it says to someone else, who says it to you…
Think of it: the very words of God!! If we really believed that, wouldn’t we want to read it much more often? And if you doubt that it’s really the “infallible word of God”, you should click on my “case for Christ” tag, scroll way down and start at the beginning, or get the book yourself (by Lee Strobel)–because it includes the case for scripture being the divine word of God, which is where we get the bulk of our knowledge about Christ. (And by the way, it’s a very good read–easy to follow and quite captivating. SEE–I do like reading other books! :D)
A livejournal friend of mine includes a verse in every single post she makes, and I’m beginning to think that’s a good idea. I do already get a daily email-verse (in fact, the same one she posts), among other scripture readings… but I think putting at least one verse in my posts would somehow help to keep it “grounded”. Because it’s so, so easy for us to get carried away on a tangent… and before you know it, we’re off the “beaten path”, and, well, isn’t that how cults are started?
Now, my problem today is that I’ve come across some scripture that is so good that I want to put the whole thing here for you, and this post is long enough already! I’ll just pick out a couple of the verses from The Message, but here’s the reference you can click on and get the whole thing: Hebrews 6:1-12.
“So come on, let’s leave the preschool finger-painting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on ‘salvation by self-help’ and turning in trust toward God… And now I want each of you to extend that same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it till the finish. Don’t drag your feet.”
In case you haven’t guessed, this went with the study on Diligence, the current Pillar of Wisdom. And what jumped out at me from what he said today, was that laziness is a problem that you can bring to God, and trust in his power to help!