Luv, Merri and Jubilee, thanks for your good words. I am glad your brother is supportive, Jubilee! Maybe you will share some photos with us after your 5k run.HELLO! Is anyone else in the house??? Please let us know you are OK! Show us some love!!!
Think about what our Father can do with one person...even an old person like Abraham or Moses...even a prostitute like Rahab...even an unstable person like Peter...even the foremost of sinners like Paul. One of the things this means to me is that today I may meet that one person He will use mightily and I want to be available to help that person. I like the idea of planting trees and thinking that others (perhaps many years from now) will enjoy the shade of those trees.
In regard to my studies, I have also recently been thinking about contentment.
"6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that." (1 Timothy 6, NIV)
So we should be content if we have true faith, food and clothes. I think this is related to McDougalling. It seems that many are content ONLY if they have certain rich foods but we can succeed as McDougallers if we can be content with simple, relatively inexpensive meals of veggies, potatoes, rice etc.Do you wear clothes or use clothes?
Can you be content if your clothes are comfortable or will you be content ONLY if you have certain clothes? Do you think it is possible that our attitudes about such simple things as food, drink and clothing tell us something about our faith?
"31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Matthew 6, NIV)Are you training yourself strictly to run and receive the crown that lasts forever?
"24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." (1 Corinthians 9, NIV)Are you more concerned with obtaining or becoming?