It's 6:44 a.m., and I'm sitting in Starbucks at SDSU, drinking coffee, and hoping to be fully awake by the time my class starts at 8:00. I'm teaching, and it's always good to be alert in front of a group of 30 18-year-olds. I dropped Duane and Cait off at the airport at 5:40 and arrived at State at 6:00. Starbucks wasn't even open yet, but it's not too cold, and so I sat on a bench and read Mark 9-10. (San Diego is one of the best places in the world for those of us who like warm weather.)
As I read, I remembered one of the things I really love about reading big chunks of Scripture. I start to notice patterns that I would never see if I were only reading individual stories.
I believe all Scripture is inspired by God. If I'm reading the same things over and over, I probably need to be pay attention.
Here's a few of the things I saw. You can probably find others.
Jesus tells his disciples he is going to die, and that he will rise again from the dead--over and over again. Even at the end, when he actually dies, they don't quite get it, which gives me a lot of hope when I don't get things for a long time.
Incidentally, the disciples do ask each other what it means, but Mark tells us that they didn't understand what it meant and were afraid to ask Jesus. Note to self--ask God when I don't understand.
All things are possible with God! I really want to remember this when I start to lose heart.
Welcome and value children.
Serve and love. Don't worry about being first; instead be a servant.
Mark 8:34-36 Lose your life
Mark 10:21 Sell everything you have and follow me.
Mark 10:31 Many who are first will be last.
Mark 10:35 If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last and the servant of all.
Mark 10:43-45 Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be a slave to all.
"Even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for all."
I know all these things tie together, but I'm really tired, and it's hard to connect them right this minute. Seriously, I wrote all these passages in my journal while I was sitting outside, but when I sat down to type this post, I couldn't find the writing in my journal. I'm that distracted this morning.
At any rate, it gives me something to think about as I write my paper this afternoon. I like distractions.