Monday, July 26, 2010

Week 7 - Life

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us; For in him we live and move and exist. - Acts 17:24-25, 27-28

Wow! This week was a hit to the heart, and made me really evaluate my heart on so many levels. Just because I write what I have learned does not mean that I am perfect in these areas! As I write I pray that God will change my life in such a dramatic way that every ounce of me glorifies Him. I am still so selfish with things that come to my life and the lives of my children. I want to squeeze them in my arms and guard them as though they are mine to keep forever.

"One was that the value of a life is not determined by how long a person lives or by how much that person contributes. Every life is valuable because God himself gives life and breath to everything. He is not only the source of life; he is also the source of satisfaction and meaning in life. "in him we live and move and exist" (Acts 17:18)."

This quote was so comforting because it is a sweet reminder that Magdalena impacted this world, but look closer at the quote when reading it again. This entire chapter is to remind us of our purpose on this earth. Unlike our initial thoughts, our purpose is not to have children, to help keep the earth clean, or to marry a handsome prince. Our number one thing that we should all be doing is glorifying God (John 6:22-71). He calls us to do all of these other little things while we are on this earth, and they are important, so in every step we should be doing it to God's glory! Yet, those things cannot take the focus off of God. What does my life revolve around? Who is the center of my decision making? What is my purpose for getting out of bed now that my heart has been shattered by the loss of my girl? I continue to pray that God will always keep m in check of my motivation for doing things and that although my heart is sinful (full of hurt and anger from loss), that it will praise Him (Deut 30:6). Our standing next to our graves or reflecting on our pain is in the fact that he has saved us from our sin!!

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