Resisting Babylon

Well, well, well..look who decided to hop back on the blogging train (that would be me). Sorry to leave you, readers! You understand how life gets. And, frankly, it’s pretty silly that it gets that way. A part of my delay in creating another post is that some topics wear people out – be it wedding talk or desperate I-just-want-to-slow-down-and-take-life-in posts.

I did, however want to provide you with a little peek inside the bible study I began a few weeks ago with a very special group of ladies at Christian Student Fellowship. We’re diving into Beth Moore’s study of Daniel. It’s a twelve-week study, and the first half of the book of Daniel discusses his life in Babylon – a place of glamour and overindulgence that carries many parallels to America, as Beth elaborates upon. The second half prophecies about end times and Christ’s return. I haven’t done much study on this topic, or Revelation, as I’ve always been a bit intimidated by the imagery and symbolism within it.

So far, I’m really enjoying it. It’s been a wonderful combination of genuinely learning about history and already-fulfilled prophecy (crazy cool) and examining myself in how I live day to day. For example, the theme of the study is integrity. In chapter 3, we learn that King Nebuchadnezzar builds a giant statue and commands the people of Babylon to bow down to it (punishment if one resists: being thrown into a furnace. Sheesh). Similar to King Neb, we, too, like feeling significant and being in the company of important people in order to make ourselves better. And two semesters away from graduating college, this mentality is seriously shoved down our little, pre-career, we-don’t-know-where-we’re-going throats (I’m digging hyphenated sequences tonight, no?).

So the challenge is to resist Babylon. To resist making more of me and building up my image, and instead live a life of integrity. Being the same person I am in the day as I am in the night. A helpful thought for me as I enter into Lent.

May you, friend, feel empowered to let yourself  become less.

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Still remembering Cape Town..

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