Blessed are those that Hunger and Thirst
Silence is golden. (And we’ve got a hunch that both silence and gold are equally rare.)
In order to pursue righteousness, some have found it necessary to remove themselves from the mainstream. Even Jesus sought retreat and solitude as a way to gather strength. Take time away. Spend a night in a monastery. Limit your external distractions so you can spend time in reflection and meditation.
Justice at town hall.
Jubilee may not exist in your hometown, but that doesn't mean you can't play an active role in the redemption of your community. Learn what issues are facing your local community council. Are there any for which you need to be present in order to speak up for divine justice?
The Big Book. Enough said.
Commit to reading the New Testament (or the whole Bible) in 90 days. Make the journey as a group. For further direction, see biblein90days.com.
I’d like some BBQ on my sorrow, please.
Righteousness is being desperate for God and depending on him. What are some other things you choose to depend on rather than God? Host a group BBQ. Allow everyone to create a list of their own obstacles to righteousness. Insert the lists into a charcoal chimney starter and use them as fuel to ignite the coals. Consider the experience a commitment to letting go of those things that we come to depend on.
Jubilee meets craigslist.
Start a freecycling program http://www.freecycle.org/ at your church or in your neighborhood. Or set up a community where people can donate things and post needs. Donate the first items to get it started.
That cardigan is, like, so cute and slave-free.
Personal righteousness has direct relationship with social action. Ever wonder who is making your clothes? Often consumerism can lead to the slavery of factory workers in developing countries. This week, visit chainstorereaction.com and write an e-mail to stores about becoming slave-free. Further, research where your closet comes from.
Doodling doesn't count, though it's pretty enough.
For one month, take notes on your pastor's sermons as a way to ensure your focus on God's Word for you. Even better, keep doing it after the first month.
Sssshhh. Can you hear me now?
Not only can it be hard to trust in God, it can be hard to hear him because of the way we surround ourselves with noise. This week when you are alone in your car, travel in silence and consider how often our material resources—things like our car radios or televisions—keep us from listening to God.