Bible 7 & Bible 8: 14th Journal Entry

One of the 10 commandments is to “honor your father and mother”.  In fact, this commandment is the only one with a promise attached.  The promise is that you will “live long on the earth”.  Yet, for some reason, we struggle with this command more than many of the other commands.  When we are young, we think we know what we should do.  Our families protect us, provide for us, and love us.  But, we still don’t trust them to do the best thing for us.

Watch this hilarious video.  The video is about mothers, but the concepts can be transferred to fathers as well.  Also, the video is a SONG by MR. T!  That is hilarious!

Prompt:

If you asked your mother or father, would they say that you are respectful of them or that you are disrespectful of them?  Why do you think it is so difficult to “treat our families right”?  When are the times that you struggle to obey your family?  Are your families perfect?  Do you think they should be perfect?  How can we obey and respect someone who is not perfect?  What would it look like to “honor your father and mother” in your situation?  If you wanted to show your family that you love them, how would you show them?  What do you think would happen if you tried to show love to your family? 

Bible 7 & Bible 8: 13th Journal Post

Prompt

DaVinci’s Last Supper is one of the most famous paintings in the world.  Here is your prompt:

Look at the painting.  What is your reaction to the painting?  What do you see?  What sticks out to you?  Why did the creator of the painting choose to make Jesus and his followers look like this?  What does the positioning of the followers and Jesus say about how the creator viewed each?  What do you think about when you think about this image of Jesus?

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Bible 7 & Bible 8: 12th Journal Entry

How to Tell a Good Story With Your Life – or – The Four Critical Elements of a Meaningful Life

By: Donald Miller (2014)

A couple years ago I released a book called “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” about editing my life for a major motion picture. The premise of the book was that the tools storytellers use to create better stories can also be used by the rest of us to live better lives.

On April 13th, the movie will be coming out and I’m feeling grateful, nervous and excited all at once. It’s also reminding me about the importance of actually living a good story rather than just telling one.

I thought I’d summarize some of the concepts from Storyline for those of you who haven’t read the book or been able to attend a conference.

The idea is actually pretty simple. To live a great story, our lives have to reflect the element of a great story. Here they are:

• Every story is built around a character or characters. This part is easy. By God’s design, you are the principal character of your story because you are the only character in any story you can control. You are the storyteller and the principal character all in one. The story may be about something other than you, but you have agency and to deny that is to tell a really boring story. The first of many keys to living a great life is to take full responsibility for our lives.

• The character has to want something. If the main character in the story doesn’t want something or if what they want is muddled, the story lacks direction and purpose. The same is true in life. When we want something we launch into the story question, that is “will the character get what they want.” But that’s not all. What we want needs to be good, self sacrificing and we have to want whatever it is we want more than we want glory or to feed our ego or even validation. When we find that thing we want, our story not only engages the world, it engages us and we become much more interested in life itself.

• Every character must go through conflict. Far from being a bad thing, conflict in story is a necessity. In America we live in a culture that avoids conflict but we do so to our own detriment. Conflict fills a story with meaning and beauty. Not only this, but conflict gives value to that which we are trying to attain. And conflict is the only way a character actually changes. There is no character development without conflict. So when we choose our ambitions, they should be difficult and we should anticipate and even welcome conflict.

• Stories must resolve. In stories there’s a scene called a climax. A climactic scene will resolve all the conflict in the story in a single action. Life doesn’t really work this way, but having a visual scene in your mind that you can head toward is motivating. For instance, if you want to lose 30 pounds, don’t set that as a goal, make the goal finishing a marathon. Finishing a marathon is visual and much more motivating.

I’ve been planning my life this way for the past seven years or so and it’s made all the difference. I’ve certainly had a lot of conflict, but I’ve put my heart into my books, lost a ton of weight and have a strong vision for the future.

 

This post was from Donald Miller’s website.

Prompt:

What do you think about storytelling?  What are the elements of your favorite stories?  When you talk about faith, do you tell stories or do you recite facts and beliefs?  Which one do you think people respond to better?  Why do you think you talk the way you do about faith?  If you were going to tell your story of faith, who would be the main characters?  What are the lessons you have learned through your faith walk?  If you could give one piece of advice to someone thinking about faith, what would that bit of advice be?

Bible 7 & Bible 8: 11th Journal Entry (1st of 2nd Term)

The linked video is from Randy Harris.  Randy Harris is one of my favorite teachers, theologians, and speakers.  He is blunt, and he is truthful.  He would probably call him self a “modern-day prophet”, because he constantly speaks hard truth into people’s lives.  But, he does it in a way that we can understand.  However, it is hard to act on some things in our lives, even if we understand the instructions.  The video is from a talk he gave at Lipscomb University’s chapel in 2014.

R. Harris talks about obedience, every-day decisions, and the moments in which are faith is tested.  He talks about the slow steps that we take every day to become the people we will become.

Prompt

Do you find it easy to make good decisions every single day?  What things are flashing through your mind when you have the choice to do what is right and the choice to do what seems easy?  Why do you choose to do what is right?  Why do you think you choose to do what is easy?  Do you agree with Randy Harris?  What things do you agree with?  What things do you disagree with?  When you agree that the little things build to the big things, how should that idea impact the way you live your everyday life?

How would you answer the Moby Dick question on the American Literature test?

If you had trouble with the link, here is the video’s full URL:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14JjTRp2T2E&list=PLqjq_78CpFZDopF65QYeaYeKZVsQsykam