What is the purpose of this life? Why am I here? What's the point of living and dying? What is the point of this world?
If you've ever wondered any of the above questions, or ones similar to them, this post is for you! Sometimes this life feels mundane and like there is no point in living it. I want to look at why this earth was created and the purpose of it!
God created this world so that we as humans could have fellowship with Him! In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve even walked with God Himself! (Genesis 3:8) We were created because God wanted (not needed!) us. He loves us so very much and wants to have a relationship with us. We're His friends.
If that doesn't sum up the purpose of this life, I don't know what does. But there's even more!
When sin entered the world, people began turning away from God. If you look around this world today, you know it's in a state of chaos with many people that don't believe in God. At all. We as Christians, those who DO believe in God, are called to tell the unbelievers about God and His saving power. (Mark 16:15) God has commanded us to do that, and it should be one of our main endeavors in life.
But God didn't create us just for those things. He created us to enjoy life and the beauty He has created! He wants us to explore the world, have fun with our friends, and enjoy simple pleasures.
"Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage."
So our life is meant to bring glory to His name. Whether it is by praising Him, mentoring a young Christian, or hanging out with friends, do it all for Him.
That is the purpose of this life.
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all."
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(Read until the bottom to see a slideshow of pictures from my journaling Bible!)
I don't claim to be a pro. In fact, I would say I'm a beginner. But I absolutely love Bible journaling! I think it has enhanced my time with God and has given me a creative outlet during my quiet time. But how did I start? And how can you start (or enjoy it more)? I decided to make a guide compiling everything I know about Bible journaling! I hope you enjoy :)
1. Choose a Bible
I think one of the biggest myths in the world of Bible journaling is that you HAVE TO have an actual journaling Bible. And that's not true. You may not have as much space, but you can totally make it work. I did in my Bible before I got my journaling Bible! Find one you love, and get to it! This is the one I have. My only complaint is that the pages are a little bit thinner than I expected.
2. Get Supplies
You don't have to have anything fancy! In fact, colored pencils are a great option! They are colorful and don't bleed through. I do have these micron pens, though, and I love them. I also use Crayola Supertip markers (ONLY the light colored ones) but they bleed some. I bought them for the sake of the cost (like 50 for $7), but now I wish I would have gotten these highlighters made for Bible journaling. Other fun things that you could use include washi tape, stickers, or watercolors.
3. What do I journal..?
I'm honestly a firm believer in the fact that your Bible journaling should NOT cover the words. What's the point of it then? Not only are God's Words holy, but you can't even read it! Your artwork should enhance the page, not cover it up. Anyways, I like to take notes, doodle verses that stand out to me, and highlight and underline away! Also, for every book of the Bible I've written down the author and audience. It was in a Liberty University Online Academy course I took last year. Comment below if you want me to write a post about that! Pinterest has great ideas and tips also!
4. Make that first entry!
Just do it! Don't be afraid to be creative or get started. Pick your favorite verse or passage, highlight it, and doodle it! It may help if you write it in pencil first and then copy over it. You could doodle flowers, put washi tape around it, or compliment it with some stickers. Make your Bible reflect you and your faith in God!
5. Grace, not perfection
Your Bible journaling is not going to perfect. Nor should it be. This world is not perfect. Like I was talking about in a recent post on Instagram, our imperfections give God's perfection a chance to shine through. Embrace your imperfections and give yourself grace! My Bible is full of imperfections, and that is okay. Your writing utensils may bleed through, or you may mess up. But it's okay. Enjoy the process.
Below are some entries from my journaling Bible. I'd LOVE to see yours! Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM them to me on Instagram. Also, have any Bible journaling tips? Please comment them below! I'm always looking for new tips and ideas.
We can all agree that we live in a crazy world, right? It's fast paced, always changing, and trying to sell us something at every turn. So should we try to keep up? When the fashion trend changes, should we change with it? Should we buy all of the things that are pushed our way, promising to make us happy? No. As Christian girls, we should seek contentment.
"Now godliness with contentment is great gain."
1 Timothy 6:6
But why? And how?
I think we all know somebody in our lives that has the latest and greatest thing- no matter what it is. When we want all that they have, jealousy eats us alive. Have you ever been so jealous of somebody? It ruins your day/week/life etc. and discourages you as long as you are jealous. I know I have. But why waste our life being jealous when we have so much?
I read somewhere (who knows on the internet!) that even if you only have $10 in your bank account, you are richer than like half of the world. Isn't that crazy?? We have so much, and God has done so much for us (hashtag blessed). Maybe that's why we should be content? We have it so good. I mean, you are on an electronic device right now reading this! I know you've probably heard it a thousand times- count your blessings. You could be digging in the trash for your next meal.
Alright, so you're probably thinking "enough with the whole count your blessings thing!" How can we be content being well off Christian girls in this crazy world?
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
It's Jesus y'all! Jesus brings us contentment. When we look to Him to fill us up versus the world, we end up being full. Unlike the things our world tries to give us that leave us feeling empty.
If you are feeling jealous or craving more today, I encourage you to just pray. And read God's Word (the Bible :)) Seek God and ask Him to fill you up. His love, grace, and peace will if you let it.
"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.""
How do you remain content in this fast-paced world? I'd love to hear how in the comments!
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