For those of you who aren't familiar with Beth Moore, she has a bible study entitled "Living Beyond Yourself", of which she has an online bible study. A group of women bloggers, spearheaded by Lauren, are participating in this study together. Our study together officially started this past Monday, and I must say that I've already discovered the true meaning of living beyond myself. This post is living proof that I am challenged. Here is my discovery:
To me, living beyond myself, is a blogger who can't wait to put her thoughts down in writing for the "world" to see, that is able to do a Beth Moore bible study for four days without posting on it until she is officially supposed to. (Note: We're planning on posting about our study consistently on Friday).
So, I've "failed" in the first week because today's post is inspired by my study homework. I couldn't live beyond my natural tendencies and wait. I hope everyone else finds this as humorous as I. Don't worry, fellow LBY bloggers, I will still post tomorrow or Friday with y'all. For now, on with my post...
This morning I read the following passage from Matthew regarding th suffering He went through for me and I still can't get it out of my mind:
Matthew 27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
Thinking of this makes the best of my accomplishments seem pitiful next to His sacrifice. My thoughts then kept going to the song "Who Am I?" by Casting Crowns. First of all, because I'm going to their concert here in April, but mainly because when I hear that song, I always marvel at the magnitude of how a huge God could sacrifice His Son for a little undeserving person like me. I'm glad that He loves me. I wish I could repay Him.
Who Am I? by Casting Crowns
Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart
Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours.
Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me
I am Yours
Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear
'Cause I am Yours
I am Yours
This is a list of the women participating in the study and the links to their blogs. New postings on the study will be published weekly, between Friday 8pm - Saturday 8am. Please feel free to visit each of us and comment. Everyone is welcome to participate in this discussion as we seek to live beyond ourselves. May God bless you richly from the hearing of His word.