Challenge Accepted!

My friend Mescalime issued me a challenge, and I love challenges, so I accepted.  It’s a three-day quote challenge.  Many have accepted it, so I’m excited (actually a little giddy) to see which quotes resonate with others, and I plan to pull out three of my all-time favorites. Coupled with each quote, I’ll share an anecdote as well.

One of my favorite quotes is a Chinese Proverb:

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Another challenge I accepted on the first of the year is a bible study — a year-long bible study.  Now, that’s a challenge in obedience.  I always aim to be obedient, so I jumped right on that one.  A few of my childhood friends, their friends, a couple of my high school classmates, and a sorority sister or two are all part of this bible study.  It has been meticulously planned by our friend Desiree, and we had our first conference call a few nights ago.  Wow!  When I say that the spirit of the Lord was with us, the statement pales in comparison to the bright light flowing out of each of us that night. I can hardly wait to chat with them again.

Now, how does this anecdote apply to the quote? It’s simple, actually.  I have never read the bible in its entirety. I’ve always had the desire, but it always became a chore.  I was overwhelmed because each time I attempted what seemed like an insurmountable journey, I did it alone.  Not once did I consider partnering with anyone.  I attribute that to my arrogance, ignorance, or naïveté. Whatever the case, that is no longer the case. I partnered with Desiree, and now we have a village of believers — all seeking to know God more. It’s truly a beautiful thing.

Here’s a peek into what makes this study unique for me. I listen to the word of God the first time around.  Then I look at it closely — a strategy I’ve pulled from my teaching toolbox.  I read, highlight, and annotate things that resonate with me as well as verses I have questions about. Finally, when we get together as a group, we discuss our Aha moments and answer all those questions that we’ve posed.  That’s when we truly get to experience the power of partnerships.

Every time I have tried to read the bible in the past, I’ve missed so many hidden treasures that were in plain sight. Now I understand so much more because I’ve partnered with like-minded ladies who all have the same goal — building a stronger relationship with God. I think we’re on the right path.

 

4 thoughts on “Challenge Accepted!

  1. In our “do” oriented society, I too recognize the truth in the Chinese proverb. Reading through the Bible, cover-to-cover every year had been a gratifying accomplishment. But studying with a group of neighbors, all coming from different backgrounds and religious systems, I too discovered many of the treasures I’d missed before. Those are the gems we can relish – and not gain an ounce of weight! ❤ That's a well-stocked toolbox you draw from, my friend!

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