So I leapt out of bed, threw on some clothes, and ran downstairs. I was only twenty minutes late ^_^;
We discussed right Spiritual vision today in Bible study. In difficult situations, it is easy to become dismal and gloomy. With right knowledge of God, though, we can be joyful in all circumstances. With right knowledge, we can act in a manner that glorifies God. Joseph is one example. Even after his mother died at a young age, he sought God. And though he was sold into slavery by his own brothers, he did not turn to God with a bitter heart. Finally, he was sent to prison in Egypt, but he did not complain. He worked hard and continued to honor God with his faith and hopeful attitude. Also, take Job. His land and possessions and children were taken from him, but he did not curse God. He clung to God, seeking out an answer to this suffering. When he received God's word, he worshiped and prayed. When we have situations where we would normally complain, it actually offers an opportunity for God to be glorified. In John 9:3, Jesus states this very clearly. So rather than allow myself to become weary, despondant, and bitter, I need to accept the light with faith and maintain an attitude of love, joy, and peace. How can I have the right to complain of anything when my Savior suffered far more for me? My knowledge of the great love of God should be enough to give me joy no matter what. It's an ongoing test. I don't need to do it all alone, either. It is only when I am fully dependent that I can succeed. King David, Moses, and King Hezekiah all knew this.
I finally started typing the outline for my final paper for 670. I was nervous at first, but I think it might come together nicely. I am excited to do research on all the various access points and features offered by online and print Bibles. It will be a huge list! I need to work more on this after I post this. My hands are a bit achy from all the SQL typing, though. My tendons don't like me anymore!