Today was the first chapel of the semester and I LOVED it! The message was so powerful and really got me thinking. It was on the parable of the sower and he focused on the soils. But I hadn't heard it explained the way he did today. Basically he gave each soil a simplistic description.
Hardened- experience of hard times hardens some hearts to the word
Shallow- eager to grow but first sign of trouble withers. More likely to follow the crowd than stand alone.
Crowded- The crowded Christian is crowded with items, and worldly thoughts and there is no room for spiritual growth.
Open- open mind, open heart
He summed up the message with; "Good seed requires good soil to bear good fruit." I guess you could say it challenged me to question whether I can say I fall into the good soil category. To be honest, lately I could be placed in th crowded area. My focus hasn't been on God, but on other worldly things. It's something I intend to work on.
-- Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:35 pm --
This week has been a little rougher in some ways. Monday I moved back to my college home, and then we had some vehicle complications. Long story short it added a lil bit to my stress levels. Along with classes starting up on Wednesday. Wednesday and Thursdays chapel messages were just what I needed. in my previous post I mentioned what the service was about but forgot to include more of how it impacted me. I guess for the most part I would place myself in the "open/good soil" category. But every now and then my life gets crowded and my focus is less on God. Vehicle distractions, the business that comes with school, but here's something I've realized. If I were to chart my time spent in a pie chart, there's plenty of time spent on my computer. The deeper question I've been asking myself is where do my priorities lie? How much time do I actually spend studying? How much time do I spend with God? I pray that God will help me prioritize my time better and that I may glorify him in all that I do.
-- Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:09 pm --
Last night I set aside the normal things I do before bed and simply went to bed. What do I mean? Well, normally I listen to Odyssey, and/or play on my ipad till I'm really tired and then it's just a matter of closing my eyes. This time, I just laid in bed giving myself the opportunity to think. And while I did this, I realized how much this scared me. Thoughts from all directions swarmed my mind. I found myself asking God various questions, praying that he'd help me figure things out. One of the bigger questions I wrestled with was when will I find that special girl? Asking God various details about what she might look like and various things like that. How will I know she's THE one? Then I came back to the conclusion that has always been at the forefront of my mind. "In God's timing not mine." It's just discouraging, and I know it's a tool that the devil use to get me down. It's weird sometimes how my mind formulates these conflicting voices that are as real as you and me.
Devil: Why are you waiting for "the one" when you can have every girl you want.
God: Keep waiting.
Devil: There's so many ways to get exactly what you want.
God: I know what you want.
Devil: Do what feels good, you want regret it.
God: Do what your heart tells you is right.
Me: Can I at least know her name?
You know what I mean.
The devil slips into these quiet moments too trying to be louder than God's still quiet voice. The devil's ways are tempting because his ways are instant while God's ways require time and the scariness of the unknown. Now hear these next few words because they are the most important. The truth is that God's ways really are what's best for me, while the devil's ways come with consequences. It's a daily struggle. BUt I know I'm not in this alone. I'm praying for all of you as you face your struggles with the devil as well. Please remember, God's way is the way and with him the best is yet to come.