“Of course your heart would be the object of a great and fierce battle. It is your most precious possession. Without your heart you cannot have YHWH. Without your heart you
cannot have love. Without your heart you cannot have faith. Without your heart you cannot find the work that you were meant to do. In other words, without your heart you cannot have
life to the full.” from John Eldredge, Waking the Dead
How do you suppose Lazarus lived after Jesus brought him out of the tomb? Look it up: John 11:1-44; then look at 19:9-11.
Write your own epic myth de-masking and attacking the Liar and freeing the imprisoned enchanted light. Do you have a heroic defender whom you’d like to honor?
List 5 people you admire. Now list 5 people you secretly admire. What traits do these people have that you can cultivate in yourself?
List 5 people you wish you had met who are dead. Now list 5 people who are dead whom you’d like to hang out with for a while in eternity. What traits do you find in these people that you can look for in your friends?
Compare the 2 sets of lists. Take a look at what you really like and really admire — and look at what you think you should like and admire. Your neighbors might tell you to be Marxist while your heart belongs to Groucho. Go with your wild side today.
“Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.” Mic 7:2
“Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.” Samuel Johnson
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Mark Twain
“You cannot harm me. You cannot harm one who has dreamed a dream like mine.” Dakota saying
Draw a circle in your journal and divide that circle into six wedges. Label the wedges: work, play, spirituality, friendship, adventure, exercise. Shade-in each section indicating your satisfaction in each area. The more colorful the wedge, the more satisfied you are. Does your life resemble a full, ripe Camembert or a mold rind of dissatisfaction? Choose any area in which you do not have joy to the full. Pray for any small changes you can make to experience Divine joy in that area of your life.
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let it pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O’er hang the jutty his confounded base,
Swill’d with the wold and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath, and bend up every spirit
To his full height!” Henry in William Shakespeare’s Henry V
How’s the View from here?
A. How regularly did you journalize this week? What made you skip?
B. Did you take your solitude date this week? What did you do? How was it?
C. Did you experience any Divine Coincidence this week? What was it?
D. Were there any other issues this week that contributed to the recovery of your heart? How big where the battles? Did you go it alone?