As God calls me closer and closer into his love, I find myself slowly changing. Different desires, goals, wishes for myself- even beginning to think differently. A continued prayer to be made more like Christ each day is a slow and sometimes painful process. I didn’t know how I would do it, but I knew I wanted to dedicate this year to working to allow Christ to do this work within me. I spent a lot of time praying and thinking. What is something I can focus on that will draw me to Christ? And allow his proding to take deeper root in my life. The practical side of me knows how hard maintaining goals can be and even more so when you have an enemy who wants to see you fail. And still, something more valuable than silver or gold came to mind. An entire book of the bible dedicated to this one trait. I want to grow in Wisdom.
Proverbs tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Repeated many times throughout Proverbs we are told to pay attention to what is being instructed. Wisdom is given from God and is more precious than hidden treasure. Some of my favorite quotes from this topic come from Proverbs 2 verses 6-19 and Proverbs 3 verses 13-22. So out of my desire to grow in Wisdom, which is, adhering to the Word of God, paying attention to it, trusting it, abiding by it and drawing near to Jesus, I have decided to place a couple challenges ahead of myself this year. The first is to dedicate myself to a structured reading plan for the bible. I consistently spend time in the Word, but getting through the entirety is always a challenge. And the second part is to read 1 book a week. For every week of this year. These are steep challenges separately and even more so concurrently! I’m about 5 weeks into the new year and so far pacing well! In all honesty, I am a few days behind on my reading plan, and my current book. But, that is ok. I’ve been hesitant to share all this, because I don’t want people to misunderstand. There are no works, nothing we can do to, to earn our salvation. That is a gift that comes entirely from God. Even my desire to grow in wisdom this year is a result of God calling me closer to him. The most important part of these two challenges I’ve embarked upon is to focus on my relationship with Christ. If I only care about the task of completing these objects than I have only placed idols above my relationship with our creator. If I use these to keep my eyes fixed above, then I can’t wait to see where this new year will lead!
There is a lot going on here in Mexico! Receiving the Avance participants every couple of months, changing host families, coming on as a more official staff role with the team, gearing up for full time summer program preparation… But I wanted to take a little time to tell you what is going on in Zack’s life personally. If you’d like to see the books I am reading, I am posting a short review on my facebook page after I finish each one. Partly for accountability purposes. And partly because I would love for others to join me in seeking the Wisdom of God this year! Feel free to email me and ask more questions about the book, or to seek out other recommendations. I’d love to help you out!