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An Examined Life

Sunday's LessonToday I would definitely say that I had a case of the Monday’s! I’m really trying to look at the positive side of things, even though that seems to be the smallest sliver. Yesterday at church we started our mini series in the book of Psalms. I’m trying to go through and read all of this book in a month, but I’ve already missed a couple of days, so it might take a little longer than a month. :)

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of the anxious toil; for he gives to beloved sheep. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127. 

The two main point from this chapter are: 1. The Importance of an Examined Life. and 2. The Rewards of an Examined Life.

As I’m sure most you of have figured out at this point, we have been given a limited time on this earth. How are we spending the time that we have? Are we trusting God with all of our resources? What are some of the tasks that I give my time and energy to? Are those projects the ones I want to work on, or the ones that God wants me to work on? If we don’t think that it’s important to see what we’re spending our time, talent, and money on then we’re just wasting it.

The second half of the chapter talks about the rewards of an examined life. Which are children. One of the things that is important to do with kids it to bless them. Whenever we say uplifting words and don’t discourage all the time then children are more likely to learn, grow, and succeed. That doesn’t mean that disciplining is a bad thing. It’s a very good thing, but we have to make sure that the things we say don’t forever shame the child.

A way that we can bless children is to pray for them! If you don’t have kids of your own then pray for someone elses. I know it’s super cheesy, but our children are our future. And it’s a wise thing to invest in ones furture. :)

-Dana

 

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