Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Come On, Feel the Joy!

So, as promised after the ridiculously long and most-likely boring introduction post below, here is one of the awesome things I've read lately. What I've been doing to spice up this reading plan is taking the passages of Scripture that really jump out at me and rewriting them to be more personal and to make sure I get the full meaning out of some of the more symbolic stuff.

Today's passage: Psalm 1:1-3
"Oh the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do."

Personal rewrite:
Hannah, you will be joyful if you don't take advice from people with impure motives and wicked ideas, if you don't hang out with those who choose to live in sin, or join in with the people who have nothing good to say about anything. You will be filled with joy if you take delight in God's commands - in the Bible - continually thinking about it and memorizing Scripture, letting it infiltrate your life from morning to noon to nightfall. Do this, and you will be as strong as a tree that is planted by a river - with a deep network of roots that thrive on all the good water and nutrients. Do this, and you will bear the fruits of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) regardless of season or circumstance. The leaves of your faith will always be strong and green, and you will experience true success - a life that is pleasing to God.

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