My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, October 19, 2012
A Day to Give God the Glory!
And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.
(Acts 12:23 NASB)
This simple little verse tells us the end of Herod's life. He
wanted to believe that he was more powerful than God and he wanted to
take the credit for the things he had accomplished. God had enough, and
Herod dies an ugly death.
Today is a special day in my life and I want to give God the glory!
In just a couple of hours I will head to the famous Whitworth Hall at
the University of Manchester where I have the privilege of participating
in the graduation ceremonies, officially receiving my Ph.D. The
journey here has been very long and arduous, and to be quite honest, I
don't have the personal skill or ability to have completed this degree.
However, I do believe that "with God all things are possible!"
It has been a six year journey that has brought me to this day.
Actually, it's many, many more years than that but we'll just think
about this last leg. The reason I have to give God the glory today is
that the way God has shaped me and formed me in the last six years as a
result of my study has been beyond anything I would have ever imagined.
People used to ask me why I was doing this and what I was going to do
with it when I was finished. Even at that point I didn't really have an
answer because it's always been more about the journey than about the
I have been blessed with the chance to have an intense study of
holiness and to get to know two families from the fourth century who
struggled with what it meant to live the holy life. Sometimes they were
successful and sometimes they weren't, but they taught me about
perseverance, about the journey, about giving praise to God, and about
the fact that when I unite myself with an infinite God the journey will
never, ever come to an end.
Today is just a marker along the road of the journey that leads into
an ever more intimate relationship with God. Today I get to celebrate,
but it's not about me -- it's all about him! I give God the praise and
the thanks and the glory!