The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Part 2

ortberg life wantedI’ve been studying for my church’s Sunday night class on the Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg. I remind you that this book is about training yourself to think and act more like Jesus. The Disciplines for this week are slowing down and celebrating. John points out that God wants us to be filled with joy, because “Joy is at the heart of God Himself.” John uses this qoute from G.K. Chesterton to demonstrate that joy we see in the happiest child is just a fraction of the Joy in the heart of God.

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

He goes on to give a suggestion of what might have looked like if one of us wrote it.  An example being, “He considered making the stars to beautify the night, and planets to fill the skies , but thought it sounded like too much work.” We know that that is not how reads though God said and It was good.  Paul states how we should always be joyful in the Lord in . In Nehemiah chapter 8 he tells them to celebrate and in verse 10 that the joy of the Lord is their strength.

So how do we go about training ourselves to be joyful. we stay around people who make us joyful, we set aside time to do the things that make us happy and thn thank God for them.

The second discipline is slowing down. John tells of the advice given to him about how to be spiritually healthy. “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from you life.” He discuss how the clutter in our lives, the multitasking , and superficiality cause us to have an inability to love.

some of the ways to train for this are to stay behind the car in front of you in traffic, no matter what speed they are going, chew your food for longer, and set aside time for solitude. Being constantly busy is my biggest downfall and I never realized how much it affected who I was until I tried the exercises listed above. I would come home from work later but in a much better mood. I was less grumpy and wanted to spend more time wit my family. I believe the chapter on slowing down was the most helpful to me of any of them.

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