personal journey

This was a journal of my progress through the book "The Purpose Driven Life"...after having read the book, I know that I've only begun to learn about God's plan for my life.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Day 16

Chapter Sixteen: What Matters Most

Life is about Love.

God wants you to be in regular, close fellowship with other believers so you can develop the skills of loving. Love cannot be learned in isolation. You have to b around people-irritiating, imperfect, frustrating people.-Rick Warren

Quite honestly, it isn't as easy as it love other believers . We all have our strengths and flaws. Sometimes it is much easier to love a non believer, because they will not hold you to any specific standard...or remind you that you should be doing the right thing, not what feels good at the time. I am learning that being born again, can also mean having to distance myself from those friendships, especially if they are not accepting of who I am becoming.

The essence of love is not what we think or do or provide for others, but how much we give of ourselves. -Rick Warren

I find it interesting that a person can not talk to another person for a long length of time...let the relationship go to the "back burner"...and then one day show up with a gift, as though an object can replace the friendship that suffered over lack of care and cultivation.

I have had my share of these types of relationships in my life...and honestly...I value the friendships and relationships in my life with the people who spend time with me-either in person, on email, or on the phone..., and who want to find out how me and my family are doing. Your time is more precious to me than anything. In this busy world...time is priceless.

Point to Ponder: Life is all about love.

Verse to Remember: Galatians 5:14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

Question to Consider: Honestly, are relationships my first priority? How can I ensure that they are?

On one hand they are first priority, but on the other hand I can become lazy. I spend a good deal of time keeping in touch with people, and trying to let them know that I care. Though, honestly, I have been wrapped up in my college coursework, so some of my relationships have gone to the wayside.

Other relationships, mainly my extended family...are on a very low priority. Not for lack of trying. Everyone claims that they are too busy to just call or send an email. Sometimes I get upset about that and reciprocate in the same manner...and then no one is talking.

I've been mulling over how to 'fix' that situation with my extended family. And also try to remember that my time here at home is not so that I can go to school, but so that I can be here with Kimi. I think that I really need to re evaluate my homework schedule for next semester so that I am giving my optimal time to my husband and my children.

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