PRINCIPLE #1: I NEED TO KNOW MY PURPOSE!
29. And immediately after they had come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John..
30. Now Simon’s Mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they spoke to Him about her.
31. And He came to her and raised her up, taking her by the hand, and the fever left her, and she began to wait on them.
32. And when evening had come, after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all who were ill and those who were demon possessed.
33. And the whole city had gathered at the door.
34. And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons’ and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was.
35. And early in the morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there.
36. And Simon and his companions hunted for Him;
37. and they found Him, and said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.”
38. And He said to them, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, in order that I may preach there also, for that is what I came for.”
39. And He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out the demons.
PRINCIPLE: Jesus walked away from “more to do” and “people with needs” in order to retreat for personal rejuvenation (spiritually and emotionally) and to press on with His divine mission. Why? Because He clearly knew what His purpose and mission in life were.
DISCUSSION / MEDITATION QUESTIONS:
1. What is my divine job description / role? Why am I here? What are my marching orders as a person, spouse or parent?
2. How do I know when to say “No!” or “Yes!” to the many options and inevitable intrusions into my life?
3. How do I refresh myself emotionally, spiritually and physically?
4. Am I afraid to be alone and resist the thoughts of personal time in isolation and solitude?
5. Do I use busyness to keep me from slowing down and facing myself? Does the thought of seeing something in myself make me uncomfortable?
6. To whom could I go to process these thoughts to help me reflect process and grow?
Next Week’s lesson from the Healthy Jesus: “I need to know how to manage my anger.”
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