Dear fellow bible study members,
Along with this bible study group, I also take part in St. Athanasius’ Book Club, and I lead the Wednesday morning bible study group at St. A. Recently, during a study period, I found it hard to answer some of the questions posed to me by the study material. My life had been going fine, no major complaints, and it was hard to answer questions regarding my faith and how I use my faith during times of trial. I don’t recall exactly how I handled past trials. Did I ask God for help? I am pretty sure I did, but I don’t know how much and how frequently.
Then, I had my own trial. It was minor in most respects. No one was injured. All that was hurt was my pride, my car, and the car I slid into. Yep . . . you guessed it. I was involved in a car accident. Luckily no one was hurt. I should find out soon if my car can be fixed and at what cost. However, what I am really thinking about right now is, what was my reaction to the accident? Did I handle myself as a Christian should? Did I give thanks to God for the fact that only the cars were physically affected? Was my faith weakened or strengthened by the incident? What can I learn about my faith? Is there room for improvement?
I am trying to find the good in the accident. It was not God’s fault that it occurred, only human error. However, it is a nice step towards working on my faith and how I exemplify my Christianity and how I can use it to better myself.
The readings for this week, Week 10, is Acts 18:1-19:41. It is a continuation of Paul’s mission to the Gentiles. Paul tried so hard to teach everyone about Jesus. Some listened, but there were always some that didn’t. He didn’t give up though. He kept on traveling, spreading the word. May we find strength in his convictions and use our time and talents to spread the Word of God through our words and our actions.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to handle trials and disappointments in life? If so, please feel free to post your comments on the Week 10 page or on the Facebook page.
May God bless you all,