The assigned reading for this past week was Chapters 2 & 3.
In chapter 2, titled "In the Hands of the Redeemer", I was struck by this passage on page 22.
" If you were asked to teach a Sunday school lesson, preach a sermon, or lead a Bible study, you would immediately ask yourself, 'Do I have the time I need to prepare?' Yet we often respond to our neighbor, golfing buddy, or church volunteer with little preparation, reflection, or prayer. Why do we spend hours preparing to teach while we offer important personal direction without a second thought? We forget that God uses those interactions to apply the transforming power of Scripture to people's hearts. We forget that God's Word is our primary tool of change. Instead, we come up with a little personal wisdom and personal experience and let the words fly."
Ouch. That can be true for my own life. I often want to speak out of personal experience and leave God's Word as an afterthought. As I have realized this about myself (even before I started reading this book), I realize the answer to that "why?" question is that I don't have enough of God's Word in me to come out. A situation I am working to remedy.
Have you started reading the book? Any comments on chapters 1-3 so far? I look forward to your feedback.
Next week: Chapter 4 (The Heart is the Target) and Chapter 5 (Understanding Your Heart Struggle).