A Beautiful Sunday

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It has been a lovely day! Adam and I are thrilled to be back with the rest of the Jewell class and to have such wonderful teachers for Sunday School. We had a great SS lesson on the Psalms and an excellent sermon from Pastor Sam on decision-making. After his sermon, I’ve decided to fast from TV on Sundays. I know this is a little thing but for me it was something God was nudging me to do and I am all about trying to obey Him in the little things as training for the big things! So I have spent today napping, cleaning, cooking, reading, and bathing.

Many of my authors at work quote from A.W. Tozer. I got a few books of his from paperbackswap a while ago, and as part of no-TV Sundays, I think it would be good for me to put down my fiction and read some good spiritual works on Sundays as well. So today I started Man: The Dwelling Place of God by Tozer. And immediately realized why so many brilliant authors love him. He isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

This was my favorite paragraph from what I read today:

For myself, I long ago decided that I would rather know the truth than be happy
in ignorance. If I cannot have both truth and happiness, give me truth. We’ll
have a long time to be happy in heaven.

How true. There are so many times when I think, gosh, I only have this one life and I need to fulfill every little desire I have. I don’t think we are meant to live in unhappiness, necessarily. After all, Ecclesiastes talks all about enjoying our food and spouses but living in full awareness that this life is not all that there is. But most of the time by fulfulling my desires I am putting my own happiness above the Truth. And it’s sin. I try to stay aware of the fact that I am going to have to give an account for my selfish actions. Unfortunately, many times I let my mouth, negativity, selfishness, and greed get the best of me and then feel bad about it afterward. But, like training yourself to be obedient in the little things, or to listen to the Spirit to make decisions, it is a matter of good habits and training.

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27, NIV).

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