Short film based on the poem by Corrie ten Boom, which she often recited to audiences.
My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.
Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned
He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.
Shot, edited and directed by Brian Reed
Additional photography by Daniel Kandel
Music by Chris Zabriskie
has been accused over and over again as a path of life
that feels crushed by an unending to-do list.The mitzvot, or God’s commandments, have been construed time and again
as an unending set of demands placed upon the world by God.In Jewish culture
, the conversation around obligation
created the spiritual attitude to fulfill God’s checklist for us.
The Talmud often refers to one who has performed a religious act as being yotze,
or “freeing” themselves from the daily requirements of life in the covenant. The problem with this attitude is that it can boil spiritual life
down to a task list.
Instead of focusing
on how a mitzvah
brings meaning and vitality to my life, I can become obsessed with doing it at the right time and precisely the right way.
In other words, Judaism can focus
too much on time management instead of soul management.
~ Emor: Soul Management
, Rabbi Noah Farkas
The Divine Creator has given His divine Word to mankind. He demanded some ‘holy men’ to write down those words so that nobody would have an excuse and would say
I did not know.
He also took care that in a certain way everybody would have the opportunity in life to come in contact with either people or with the words declaring Him. All people are created in the image of God and in a certain way have the connection with the Creator inplanted in the self. God wants all creatures to come close to Him. He also would like that they all would become partakers of a marvellous peaceful world. But all people should take the steps toward God of their free will.
To get to know Him and what He wants, God gave us the Book of books to help and guide us.
When we want to go on a big trip, we also prepare ourselves. We take care that we have the right roadmaps and have everything with us that we need for the trip. Going for a better life, we need to undertake some serious matters. It is fine when we have bought some roadmaps to start our trip, but when we do not use those maps, we are nothing with them. It is the same with the bible; When we have a Bible or Holy Scriptures but do not read it, we are nothing with it.
When having such a Sacred Writings and Bestseller, we best make very good use of them. For reading the Bible we also better prepare ourselves and make some arrangements to read it regularly. We should make it a good habit to regularly go through that Word of God and think about it.
How to Start (and Keep) Good Habits
Imagine it’s late and you’ve had a long day. You were planning to exercise, fix yourself a healthy meal, then spend some time in God’s Word. Instead, you grab some pizza and binge TV shows.
Without realising it, you just reinforced a habit.
Research suggests we all have “keystone habits,”† acquired patterns of behaviour that form the basis of our daily routines. Change those, and you can change your life.
Here are 5 Ways to Develop Healthy Habits:
- Remember whose you are. You are called by God and made in His image. Because of His great love for you, you have the ability to become more like the person God created you to be.
- Identify the “why” behind your behaviour. Do you eat junk food because you like the taste? Or because you’re tired or bored?
Once you know why you behave the way you do, it’s easier to replace unhealthy habits with better ones.
- Draw close to God. When you prioritize time with God, you’re allowing Him to renew your mind (Rom. 12:2). Eventually, this will help you change the way you live.
- Focus on one key habit. Consistently doing one thing well will yield results over time and make it easier to master other habits later.
- Give yourself grace. You won’t always get it right… And that’s okay. When you stumble, “fall forward”: learn from your mistakes and keep going. God will still be right beside you, cheering you on.
It only takes a moment to start a healthy habit. Plan everything to come to a regular Bible reading, and let God use that choice to begin transforming your daily routines.
Be convinced that the Bible in itself contains enough to fully inform and educate us to go to God and to find the right path of life to enter the kingdom of God. We must fully trust in it.
“I want to draw closer to God, but…”
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