September 2012

September 4, 2012

End of the Month Calendar Notes


Here are all the notes I wrote on August's calendar. Check the blog a couple months past to see what I'm talking about.

So sad...summer is over in the cultural sense. It's okay though, because fall is rad and you can still surf in California.

Not as many notes as last time:
  •  Listen to: Shmunks For You (punk/hardcore band)
  • "Only do those things that only you can do." - Dawson Trotman
  • The definition of humility is embracing your unique design.
  • What do I do well and with satisfaction?
  • We have fewer miracles today because we don't try to depend on God, but rather on ourselves.
    • The deeper the Israelites got into the desert during their 40 year wandering, the more miracles occurred.
    • The tougher life gets and the more we depend on God, the more we'll see Him work.
These notes based on a sermon by Jamie Winship from Luke 5:
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
  •  Is Jesus even in your boat? That's the first thing to ask.
  • What do you say when Jesus says, "Push out?"
  • What about, "Throw down your nets," because in a sense He's telling you what to do about your job (something you already know how to do)?
  • When you say, "Depart from me, I am a sinful man," what are you afraid of? What is your identity?
  • If Peter had told Jesus "no" to anything He asked him, his life would have stayed the same forever. He obeyed though, and became who he was destined to be. What will I say when asked to "push out?"
I love this passage -- such great teaching. I think the sermon can be found here...worth the listen.

You can probably tell I've been listening to a lot of stuff on  identity and what my mission in life is. I've been doubting a lot of what I came out to Los Angeles to do, but today I realized I'm not sure why...

...more on that later.