I was thinking the other day of what motivates me to serve the Lord and walk in his ways. I feel that since we're all different, we probably have different things we think about to keep us on track.
For me, it's the thought of heaven.
I realized this when I was thinking about all of my favorite hymns, and most of them were about heaven. My favorite verses in those and other hymns were about heaven. Many of my favorite scriptures are about heaven as well.
I have to remind myself to keep my eyes upward on the final goal, prize, and destination and not glance down and get tangled up in all of the muddle of life and its daily problems.
So, my question is, what motivates you?
Are you like me, and remind yourself that there is something better and completely perfect ahead? Or do you remember God's love and grace to get you through the day? Or, do you look at God's creation and realize His awesome power? Do you use the amazing spiritual family he provided for us? Or do you have something else you concentrate on when the world is throwing its darts?
As a disclaimer, I'm in no way saying that only ONE of these can be your motivation, nor should be. But I do think we may have our own special secret ingredient that helps us when we need it most. And I'm just curious about what you might say :)
Yes, it has been a looong time since I have been on here....since last summer, actually.
To those who are actually curious, you may be wondering what has happened in my very exciting and very interesting life.
- I did finish summer school. It was not exciting
- I had a birthday, and went to a Dave Matthews band concert. It was exciting.
- I had classes. Most were not exciting.
- I took Tolkien. It was very exciting.
- I watched Aggie football. It was exciting.
- I got my Aggie ring. It was very exciting.
- I ate a tone of food during the holidays. It was sort of exciting.
- I had spring classes. It was not really exciting.
- Daniel got a job in Southlake, TX (Fort Worth area). It was exciting.
- I was home alone during the week for two months. It was definitely not exciting.
- We got a rental house in Bedford, TX. It will be exciting.
- I have two papers and three finals in the next two weeks. It will not be exciting.
- I have one Spanish class to take during July. It will not be exciting.
- I graduate in August. It will be exciting.
Wasn't that fun? ;)
Tempted to do a parody of the 12 days of christmas :)
On Tuesday, Daniel and I met with two Mormons on campus. I had run into them the week before, and stopped to talk with them and gave them my number. I was actually surprised when they called to meet, because I had told them I know a lot about their religion, and disagreed...I mentioned Galatians 1:6-10.
Daniel and I both had looked at a few issues beforehand. Daniel focused on the qualifications of elders, because most of their missionaries refer to themselves as "elders." I had looked at the question of marriage in heaven in Mark 12 (that issue was on the card they gave me). Both of us agreed to begin with the topic of where Joseph Smith received his authority, on the basis that if you can't establish that, you lose the authority of the Book of Mormon.
They never fully established Smith's authority, but claimed that he started the church because he felt that none of the ones already established were following God's word. Neither of them understood our argument for having a "restoration" based on the Word. We asked how they knew that Smith was a "prophet" and they said that had prayed about it and felt that it was true. When Daniel began to point out the fallacies in that argument, one of them got really defensive, and I could tell he was getting very angry.
As to our questions, neither of them knew the answers in any way, shape, or form. When Daniel read them various passages about elders, they honed in on the different word usages (bishop, elder, overseer, shepherd, etc). When I pointed out that they were the same word in the original Greek, they looked...dumbfounded? When I showed them the passage in Mark 12 (if a man has a wife, he dies, and she marries the brother, etc...which man is his wife in the resurrection), they looked confused and said they would ask someone in their church.
Both of us left with the feeling that they weren't interested in sharing with us much, because a) they didn't have their Bible or a Book of Mormon (only a pamphlet) and b) they had scheduled another meeting exactly 40 mins after ours. We encouraged them to read the Bible. they kept saying that they love the Bible and read it often, yet they knew nothing about the contradictions.
Even though nothing really came out of our meeting, Daniel and I pray that maybe we've prompted them to study the Bible more and ask questions.
Daniel and I are going to meet with some Mormons in a few minutes, let you know how it goes this evening!