My Spiritual Journey

I’m a day late posting this.  Mainly because I didn’t know what to write.  I mean I know what I’m thinking, but not necessarily what to write.   So I avoided writing yesterday.  On a positive note, my avoidance seemed to create productivity in the household.  4 loads of laundry, spraying the lawn for weeds, vacuuming, dusting, moping, bathrooms, they all got clean as I avoided the computer.

So I sit here to write still with more thoughts and ponderings than with answers.   This week, the idea of being “fishers of men”  has sat heavily on my heart. I’ve heard this phrase since I was a child.  In fact, anytime I hear it, I immediately flash back to my great grandma brushing my hair and singing “I will make you fishers of men” in Norwegian.    But this last week, God has been pushing me to re-evaluate the statement.  Jesus told Simon and Andrew to follow him.  That was it.  Their only role was to follow Jesus.  Jesus  followed the statement by saying that HE would make Simon and Andrew fishers of men IF they followed Him.

Three thoughts rolling around in my brain:

  1. Is this a cause/effect statement?  Is my only job to follow Jesus?  If I’m truly following Him, I would be fishers of men.  If I’m not fishers of men, does that mean I’m not truly following Jesus?
  2. What does it look like to follow Jesus?  Not the Sunday school answer that I’ve been told my whole life, but practically, in the context in which I live and the role that God has called me to, what does life look like completely submitted to and following Christ?
  3. In the past, the phrase “fishers of men” has been applied solely to salvation.  Does this definition need to be broadened?  Should it include teaching, discipling, encouraging, etc…?

As I said, lots of thoughts that God is pushing through my little mind. Not sure why yet, but definitely know God is teaching me something.  Its funny.   Last week I walked to the bookshelf and picked up the book Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur.  I picked it up because it looked like the best option out of what we already own not necessarily because I really desired to read it.  But we were out of miscellaneous  money for the month, so I had to choose something we already had.  The fun part is it dissects the disciples’ life and walk with Jesus.  It came at a perfect time for all these ponderings that are taking place in my heart.  God is pretty fun like that.

Goals:

  • Getting up at 5:00am every day to spend some time with Jesus and then go work out.  Ran 4.5 miles last week!!  I finished it and wasn’t dying so we’re going to go farther tomorrow.   Maybe one day I’ll end up liking to run =)
  • Finally decided that working out 6 days a week is unrealistic for me at this stage in life. I’m shooting for 5 days now b/c that seems to be what I can reasonable attain without sacrificing time with my family and household responsibilities.
  • Still reading Twelve Ordinary Men.  It is a phenomenal book.
  • Still attempting to memorize James.  I need to focus on it more this week though.  My retention is not the greatest lately!

One Response to “My Spiritual Journey”

  1. TaLessa May 12, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    Often the immediate response from my dad when he came home to me cleaning out the fridge or scrubbing the baseboards was “got homework?”. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you avoid things 😛 thanks for sharing your Journey with the internets every week. It’s very encouraging 🙂

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