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Nouwen

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This book, even though it was a bit open-ended, was very encouraging and necessary for me. Here are my thoughts based on some of the “Guide for Reflection” bits at the end of the book:

“A new beginning! We must learn to live each day, each hour, yes, each minute as a new beginning, as a unique opportunity to make everything new” (p.16).
Sometimes I like to think of my life as a book, with various chapters broken down according to the different periods of my life. The chapters I’ve read thus far have been exhilarating, and I am also enjoying this current chapter, with great expectations for what God will be doing with me, as well as with others that are a part of my life. Embracing the change and each minute that passes by lets me realize that every moment is precious.

“Hope frees us from the need to predict the future and allows us to live in the present” (p. 41).
As I am coming to a close in my first year of graduate school, I will be starting a three-month long internship during the summer. Making preparations for this is important, but I’ve been concerning myself with numerous aspects of what I must do until then, to ensure that I end up with a “good company.” But I realize that I’ve been trying to predict the future, when I could simply trust God with what will happen, and being diligent with the tasks at hand. And any other worries that I may have, in comparison to the things of God, become quite minuscule.

“We are God’s beloved daughters and sons, not because we have proven ourselves worthy of God’s love, but because God freely chose us” (p. 192).
I forget from time to time about my identity. And as Nouwen wrote, the factors of success, popularity, and power begin creeping into my life when I forget about who I am. I have to claim my true identity as God’s son, with the remembrance that Jesus resisted these temptations of success, popularity, and power. Jesus did so through the Word, and I too want to hold onto it.

Written by David

March 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

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