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Letter #6: Writing a Biblical Author?!

October 6, 2010

Dear James,

I’m studying your letter this semester and our staff will study it this summer. Confession: I started studying it simply to prepare me to teach it well this summer, but little did I know that you and the Lord had different plans. I have learned lessons I never expected. I have been challenged beyond belief. The challenges are pushing me to life change. Thanks for writing your letter and for giving me a daily challenge.

I haven’t even made it through the first chapter, and I’m walking away with nuggets I’ll carry for life. James, I’d like to share two of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from your letter with you.

  • Lesson #1: Don’t talk about it, be about it (a phrase I’ll never forget from this girl)

“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” James 1:22 In the words of my friends Rodney and Nasa from the Kanakuk Institute: CONVICTION. How often do I hear a sermon, a verse or sit down to get my “quiet time” in and never change my lifestyle or way of thinking? Too often. Thanks for calling me out.

  • Lesson #2: Be bold.

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6 I need to and want to pray boldly. Where do I seek wisdom? Often, it’s from my friends, family, Internet sources, etc. Why don’t I turn to the Lord? Bold prayers…that’s what I’m learning to pray this week.

Thanks for writing boldly. Thanks for living out your faith and calling us to a higher  standard. Thanks for preparing me now to face trials in the future. I look forward to reading more of your letter. Oh, and I really love a good laugh, so it’s kind of funny that as I read, my life experiences line up with what I’m learning about… God seems to have a sense of humor!

Until next time,

The girl who decided to write you a letter for once

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