Friday, April 9, 2010

dying.

sometimes i sit here and i stare at my computer screen because there are things that i'm learning, and i want to be able to tell them to you, not only to share, but because everything makes more sense in my mind if i can write it down. but it's difficult because it isn't usually just one book or one sermon or one person that teach the lesson. it's life, it's my whole world, and all of my interactions and all of the scripture i read, it all comes together and God is teaching me through every bit of His own creation.

and so i'll write it one more time,

(it's not failing that is bad, it's quitting)

and i'll just say that i smiled and wagged my finger toward the ceiling yesterday when i realized that was the point of dr. newby's lecture in chapel class. because for heaven's sake, when God wants to tell me something, He makes it pretty clear, if you'll give him the chance and the time. so dr. newby explained that when things get difficult, when relationships are tense and there is stress and no one is getting along, quitting is not the solution. if you quit, this simply means you will have to learn that lesson another place, another time. so will you run away and prolong the transformation the Lord longs to bring about in your heart? or will you stay, and struggle through, and even suffer, knowing that you are learning it now?

"We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body."


2 corinthians 4:10-11.

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