Should I Go? By Grace Wilder, 1887
For me, being intentional to pursue Christ means praying for CAR, South Sudan, Ukraine, and Syria over all the chaos that’s occurring rather than watching Breaking Bad. For me, it means memorizing John 14 instead of scrolling through Facebook and Tumblr. For me, it means calling Ben to hang out and grab lunch instead of staying in an office listening to music. For me, it means reading through students’ essays rather than playing games on my phone.
Being intentional to pursue Christ looks different for everyone, but today these were some of the choices I made to live a bit more meaningful.
I’m really bad at seeking people out; I prefer them to seek me out. But I’m beginning to think that being passive rather than intentional isn’t a great way to move through life. Maybe life is about being intentional even when you feel apathetic.
Yes, let’s be a hot mess before a dinner party. That’s the perfect way to prepare for seeing people.
Tomorrow will be better, right?
I told Jeff that when I come into work on Tuesday I’ll be able to quote John 15-17 from memory. Today I finished memorizing chapter 16!
Memorizing verses never really held my interest, mostly because I rarely kept up with it, but it is invigorating to know God’s word from memory. Being able to dwell on it at any time is incredible, friends. I encourage you to memorize chunks of verses, get the context, and meditate on God’s word. How sweet it is to savor the Father’s words written for us.
I booked my flight for May 14th. Holy macanolli, this job and opportunity is becoming very real very quickly. Fortunately, with all the traveling going on, I’ll actually be back home during the month of July to tell people about my first six or seven weeks of work.
Life is quite interesting after college.
I decided I really want to memorize all of John 15. Since I already have John 17 down now, I want to connect the two chapters. So before John 15, I’m going to memorize John 16.
So far I’ve got seven verses down:
"All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or Me. I tell you this so that when the time comes, you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.
Now I am going to Him who sent Me, yet none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ Because I have said these things, you are grieved. But I tell you the truth: it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come. But if I go, I will send Him to you.”
If it’s wrong, it’s because I went off memory. Haha.
Today marks the first time I’ve ever memorized an entire chapter out of the Bible. Maybe someday I’ll memorize an entire book…. Like 3 John, haha.