Welcome to Book Club Time here at The Littlest Way. Today is part two of my book notes on Called to Life and we are starting in chapter three…my favorite chapter of this book. Chapter three is all about the Word of God. I frequently write about Bible Quotes and how to use them as Daily Affirmations. There is no surer help out of darkness than the Light of the World. Let’s get started with our Book Club Time: Called to Life Part 2. You can find Part 1 of Called to Life here. Bold is direct quotes from the book with my notes following.
Book Club Time: Called to Life Part 2
God’s Word, transmitted by Holy Scripture, is a fundamental means by which he calls us and communicates the gift of his life. Fundamental and yet for so long I never cracked my Bible. And sometimes still, when life is going on with relatively minor bumps, I sometimes forget or get too busy to spend that necessary time with God. Ouch! That was hard to admit.
We have an urgent need for Holy Scripture as an inexhaustible source of light and strength, illumination and foundation of our lives. Not just a need, but an urgent need. Life seems to be moving faster than ever and changing even quicker. The world is not necessarily a place of light, strength and illumination. Combine the speed of life with the junk the world tries to convince us is truth and I understand why the author chose the word “urgent.”
Scripture has a remarkable power to speak profoundly and personally to us, to respond to the exact here and now need for light, encouragement and even conversion lodged deep within our hearts. Those moments when a Scripture verse, until then not especially meaningful, suddenly blazes out with a message that corresponds to our present situation testify to the faithfulness and tenderness of the Lord. How many times have we found just the right verse at just the right time…or was it the other way around? I love how the author continues to use images of illumination as he speaks of the Scriptures: light and blazes.
Reading Scripture can sometimes seem arid, but if we persevere, sooner or later we will find in it a sweetness more delicate than anything on earth. I ask God to give me a love for His Word. Give me an unquenchable desire to spend time in His Word. Those are not prayers He will ignore.
If contemporary secular culture makes anything clear, it is this: The rejection of God breeds self disgust. We live in a time of the most remarkable advances in technology, medicine and just day to day life–and we are a culture of some of the most unhappy people in the world. Listen to our music, look at our fashions, read the magazine covers and turn on the television–none of the above scream, let alone mention: peace, joy, happiness, contentment.
Everything that happen to us is in some way or other a call from God–to grow, to change, to see things differently, and to undergo conversion…the essential thing is to welcome events and live them out with faith, even if we don’t understand them. I used to say when I was younger I was going to ask God “Why this,” or “Why that?” But as I’ve gotten older and become a mother, I’m starting to think it doesn’t really matter “Why.” It just is and that’s that. My part is not to ask “Why” but to choose how I am going to respond.
The rejection of God over the last three centuries was accompanied by the illusion that guilt would be eliminated in this way and human beings would finally be free and happy. But those who thought like that forgot something: without God, humankind must carry on its own the weight of distress, misery and failings of all kinds. If there is no God, there is no pardon or mercy. Just wow…
Thanksgiving is not just one form of prayer to be practiced now and then. It should be a fundamental attitude of heart, a disposition of life, a way of orienting one’s entire life. So first–thanksgiving is prayer. And second, in those hard moments, I need to stop and ask myself a very intentional question–“What can I be thankful for in this situation?”
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