I am currently participating in the Blogging from A to Z April 2015 Challenge. My theme is life lessons from the Bible. You can find more information about the challenge by clicking on the badge to the right or click here for a list of participants. It has been an interesting experience so far and I have enjoyed finding and visiting other blogs. If you are a fellow participant, thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment!
Thursday, April 30, 2015
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11 (NIV)
Well, here we are, the final letter! Congratulations to all the bloggers who have made it from A to Z! For letter Z, I decided to write a sort of pre-reflection of my experience. I call it a pre-reflection because I plan on participating in the A to Z reflection posts next week. So, don’t worry, there’s more to come!
Dictionary.com defines zeal as “fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.” There are times when I feel zealous for the lessons God is trying to teach me and there are times when I feel a bit more apathetic. When I first learn something, I feel fired up and ready to share it with the world, but I am not good at expressing my feelings or enthusiasm around most people. I tend to hold everything in, and that is why I enjoy writing because it is a way to let it out. I have a zeal for writing and for writing about the things I am learning. But that mountaintop experience fades very quickly once I enter the real world away from the great preaching or teaching. It is in those moments of apathy that I must drive myself back into God’s Word and serve Him more diligently. I like the context of today’s verse in Romans 12:9-21. It includes some of the concepts I’ve brought up in this challenge: love, prayer, waiting (patience), forgiveness; and it follows the passage I used in my post about unity (Rom. 12:4-8). Writing about these, looking up the verses, and remembering what I’ve learned has been both convicting and motivating. It has also renewed my zeal for getting this blog up and running again, better than ever!