(Posted on November 1st, 2014)
Photo by Alexandra Tellez
Hello Friends, ready for the last two months of 2014? I'm starting my day out with a "Things I'm learning' post. If you aren't familiar with my blog, well hello there and welcome to my little ole' blog! "Things I'm learning" is a regular post that I try to post every quarter and it usually consists of things I'm learning to little updates about my life!
Feel free to grab a journal, some hot coffee and jot a few things that you are learning too! Because life without growth is like a flower that never blooms. (I totally just made that up right now- expect more plant analogies! hehe)
1.) Sacrifice. If you read my last post, you'll know that I focused on the word sacrifice in October. Here's a few things I learned from that interesting experiment:
-Sacrifice means that it's not about yourself. I mean it's simple to understand that, but hard to apply it. Literally, I remember nights of just crying because things wouldn't go my way. I mean it didn't seem that simple to me at the time, but from a bigger picture that's basically what it boiled down to. When Jesus said to deny yourself and follow the cross, he meant that. This life is not about you, it's about Him - we were point our lives to Him and the surprising thing is, losing yourself in Him is the best way to find yourself!
-Sacrifice means letting go of certain things, to make room for things of greater value. But to make this clear, most people don't know those things that they are going after, aren't the things of greater value. I mean if you truly knew there was something greater & better than the things you were pursing, would you still purse it?
One of the first things I learned when I devoted my life to Christ, was that we are very much tainted by the things of the world: luxury, trends, nice things, etc.
For me it was all about fashion and what was "in." I received 4 different fashion magazines every month and I would religiously read them. It's not that they are innately bad, but I was young and easily influenced by the things I put into my mind. I had learn to exchange my desires for a glamorous lifestyle, to a more simpler life. After all, our earthly lives are merely a preparation for the life to come!
Jesus said in Matthew 6:29-21,
"Don't collect for yourself treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don't break in and steal. For where your treasures is, there your heart will be also. "
2.) Knowing and doing are on two completely different spectrums. You can know that you're not suppose to text in class, and text in class. You can know that there is trash that needs to be taken out, and not take it out. You can know and understand the bible and not obey it. That being said, I'm someone who loves to read Christian books, listen to sermons online, go to bible studies, and everything else that involves Jesus. BUT I also need time to practice the things I'm learning! Ironically I was reading "You and Me Forever" by Francis Chan & Lisa Chan and it said, " [We] need to work off what we're feeding." Which is 100% true! As it is said in James 1:22, "But be doers of the world and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." In other words, walk the talk!
If you're looking for a good book to read, I'm going to have to recommend "You and Me Forever!" Because not only is it a good book, but it's also for a really good cause! Check it out friends by clicking here!
3.) This one's a toughie, but learning to accept the now and live in the now. As an hardcore planner of everything, this one is something I have to remind myself every now and then. I don't want to spend my life planning for the next few years, when I could be just enjoying life as it is right now. This second. Every pain and every laughter. James 4:15 says, "...If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." Take a breather and take it day by day.