Starting with My Utmost for His Highest

One of my assignments for a spiritual life class I am in is to read the book “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers. After I read a daily passage, I am to write a single paragraph on what I learned about that particular day. I am to examine that daily devotional and describe how it has affected me, what I learned and what applications I can take from it.

I have completely and thoroughly enjoyed this book by Chambers and see why it has stayed around so long. Even though I wrote it in a personal format, I am going to share with you my experiences. I am not sharing it because I think I can write it better than Chambers because I can’t, but mainly to describe what God has taught me through this powerful book. It has been amazing how God has used it to teach me in a time that has been difficult and very much needed.

Thus, I will start posting what I am learning and my personal thoughts on it. Follow along if you already have the book or if not, I would highly suggest picking this book up to read on a daily basis to spend some time with God. Sometimes they are more personal that how they may apply to you, but that daily devotional has had profound impacts on me.

The sharing of my studies

Earlier this year, my wife and I decided that it was time for me to stop talking about going to seminary and to actually do it. Instead of just thinking about it, I finally acted. As I got into the middle of it, I found it so encouraging and challenging to my faith. It taught me things I never knew or dreamed of knowing. It was also very humbling as I learned more about God and His great grace towards us. It humbled me in the way I saw myself and the way I need to treat others better.

I wrestled with doubt as I worked full time and took two demanding online classes. Our lives had to change and adapt to this new way of life. As we used to be able to spend several hours a night watching TV or reading or going for a walk, now we were lucky to just spend one hour together. I went from having my nights and weekends free to having no time to do anything, especially anything fun or exciting. Our lives were changing and only by the grace of God did we get through. Only by God’s grace will we continue to make it as I continue my studies.
This time strengthened us and challenged us. It made us remember what is important. As much as we like a comfortable lifestyle, God reminded us that these lives are not for us or our comfort, but strictly for Him. We want to live for His glory and Oh boy is he driving that home right now.

I would like to share with you some of the projects I worked on in an effort to share what I learned. Not everything may be applicable to everyone or even interesting, but my hope and prayer is that it will bring glory to God. That this sharing of information will offer insight into the things I learned. I am excited to share the projects I worked on and am currently working on. I hope this journey will lead us into a deeper spiritual awareness of how great God is.