Life Lesson (from journal): "If you elevate status symbols, then you're really trying to give the appearance of a healthy, well-balanced, successful life without the reality of it. You're trying to change from the outside in, thinking you will feel better about yourself on the inside if you change your settings and props on the outside. We think, If I change my looks, if I change my house, if I change my car, then it's going to change me. Then I will truly content. Only one problem: it doesn't work.
Abundant life is only found as we cultivate internal maturity in constant connection with God. But the paths that lead to the metamorphosis of the soul are unpopular and not often traveled.
Too often we wait on someone or something external to change us...it's time to take responsibility for our own growth.
(Question from journal) In your everyday life, what are some specific ways you can take responsibility for your internal transformation? Readings (2Corinthians 3:18; 2Corinthians 4:6-7; Ephesians 4:22-24)
Motion and commotion steal the soul, but stillness restores the soul.
(Question from journal) What kinds of "motion" do you want to replace with stillness, at least some of the time? How will this change your inside? Readings (Psalm 37:7-8; Psalm 62:1-2; Psalm 131:1-3; Isaiah 30:15)
The quickest way to suffocate our souls is to try to control everything...If we stop trying to solve all our problems and to control everything, quietness will fill our souls with strength.
What costly comfort are you clinging to? What priceless pain are you working overtime to avoid? By the power of God's grace, how will your struggles help you soar?
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