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Activity #1 2 Nephi 9:39
By sobermind
3/17/2009 9:10:05 AM
Carnal-not spiritual; merely human; temporal; worldly: a man of secular, rather carnal, leanings.

The assignment invites me to be very real. It asks how have I made efforts to solve my problems in a carnal way. What a deffiinition, not exactly what I was expecting.

I know that I go to solving instead of praying 9 times out of 10. In fact I have a habit(key) of trying to work out my own salvation then coming to the Lord as a Pinch Hitter. I know this is one of many examples. Man of secular, this is where my greatest strenght is also my greatest weakness. I am a know it all, and I know when I am honest that he knows all knows nothing at all. I will make quick judgements on snapshot observations and formulate "truths" instead of seeking them out with the Lord. This then turns into a biased seeking to make those things true. Not a very humble process.

So what does the scripture say today that it didn't before this activity-
2 Nephi 9:39
. . . Remember to be carnally-minded is death, and to be spiritually-minded is life eternal.

My mentor tells me never leave the site of awareness without taking some action step.

If I combine the new awareness of carnal and focus on the spiritually minded side, I will begin a new habit of praying when I feel my mind formulating a hypothesis and ensure that things are more spiritually grounded. This makes sense to me but I need more concreteness, hmmm... Today when I approach a situation my que to pray is when my pulse is raised, rather than trying to make sense of what problem I am trying to solve I will ask for an understanding from the Lord. In order to hold me accountable to this I will journal about these experiences of surrendering my own understandings in my planner. This will improve my relationships because it will allow me to be open to another persons version of the "truth". I will be less likely to argue or feel resentful because I will be seeking to see the Lords understanding.

Comments:

Fellow member    
"It is nice to meet another member of the "Self-Reliant, God is an Afterthought” Club. I used to be shooting for the organization’s life-time achievement award. Doing it myself has always come so naturally to me that I have found myself doing it in recovery without even realizing it.

Corrie ten Boom put it really well, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire.”"
posted at 11:07:31 on March 17, 2009 by justjohn


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