Just thought I’d let you know the books that I’m gonna read over the summer. Of course there are a million other better things for you to do so I wouldn’t bother. But here they are anyway:
- Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
- Reinventing Jesus by J. Ed Komoszewski
- The Reason for God by Tim Keller
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- Lord of the Rings (I) by J.R.R. Tolkien
And if I finish those, well I’ll soon make another list.
Now, go and do something better with your life… (you could start off by reading the first book?!)
10 I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps.
Jacob had lived a fairly tough life, he was forced to run away from from his brother after taking his blessing, then spent 7 years working for his Rachel’s father so that he could marry her and during the whole time he worshipped the God of his father, Isaac and his grandfather, Abraham. Yet when I read verse 10 of Genesis 32 it kind of put things into perspective for me. After doing all this, he still thought he was unworthy of God’s favour.
This really showed me how much less I deserve the things God gives me. I’m going to stop there because I don’t want to preach, I just thought I’d present this verse to you and show on the one hand give encouragement to those who are Christians who think they’ve really messed up and on the other hand, give encouragement to those who want to know Jesus as their Saviour and God as their Father but think that they’re just too bad.
I thought that this would also be a pretty nifty verse to learn when Satan begins to point out our sins. No, we’re not worthy of salvation, but Christ paid it. – "It is finished!" Jesus said – it’s in the past tense, we don’t have to worry about condemnation any more. We’ve all done so much wrong that none of us – not even the most "religious" person in the world – could go to heaven. We are unworthy, yet God still gives us "deeds of steadfast love and…faithfulness".
Yes, it is upon all students – the time of late nights, frequent trips to the local supermarket for new jars of value coffee, sagging eyes, headaches and not to mention the mess that’s sprawl across the room that you keep meaning to tidy up but just haven’t got round to it. I’m sitting at my desk with all of the above, although I have taken to drinking tea, with no sugar, so feel a bit better about myself.
My new laptop, however, is a beauty. It’s a Lenovo X60 Tablet with voice recognition and the all the rest. I love voice recognition. All you have to say is "Start Listening" and a whole new world of human-machine relationship opens up before you. Fantastic. I’ve also managed to set up a wireless connection so I can steal the Internet off of the computer downstairs – material possessions aye – could really probably do without it.
Thinking about it, there is really no reason for me to write a blog. I don’t suppose anyone reads this paragraphed rubbish – I suppose it could either be me desperately trying to get myself heard to appease my social depravity or it could be, and most probably it, a way for me to publish writings that I can gawk at in the future. For all I know, my 35 year-old me could be reading this sentence right now… Hello! What are you like? Can you speak Welsh fluently yet? Do you have a wife and kids? Or are you a failure? Are you dead?!
I’m sorry, all the exam stress is turning my sane mind into a box of blind dogs. Yesterday morning I sat a paper talking about the mastery of Hitler, whether he was indeed what the interpretation claimed him to be. The exam started half and hour late, giving us enough time to practically lose any last bit of knowledge that had stuck in our sieve-like brains.