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Jan 25, 2018

We can waste a lot of time and energy ignoring God's calling and following the whims and diversions of the false self created in our minds. Life is rushing by all of us and lays hold of the most important things in life in the time given to us. The lessons this week are filled with this theme of time, callings, and a sense of urgency to do the important work. Andrew and Simon, without hesitation, got up, left their nets, life, and families to follow Jesus's call. Are you owning the day, your precious time, and following God's calling? If not, you're in good company. The poster prophet of second chances, Jonah, did the same thing in this Sunday's first reading. He ran away from God and his very specific prophetic task. In the end, God's pursuit (and a big ole' whale) set Jonah straight which allowed him to make things right. The life God has given us in time is finite; every moment is precious. Our ownership of time is slippery and limited. Therefore those things important to us need to be done immediately and without distraction and if we do find ourselves trapped in the belly of a whale God wants us to ask for help to find our way out. To make the most of our time on this dry land use this biblical time management lifehack: come and see, follow Him, and get up and go.

What nets are you still clinging to?

Other Topics Covered:

> Seneca and his stoic philosophy of time and productivity
> Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny correlation to Jonah
> The Book Of Jonah - a book of conflict and irony
> Rev. Gibson's story of putting down her nets
> The Heroe's Tale and In The Belly of the Whale
> Tide Pods are something that should not be eaten



Greg Carey - Mark 1:14-20: A Call Worthy of Their Lives

Seneca - The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and the Art of Living Wide Rather Than Living Long

How To Be Stoic - Seneca to Lucilius: on saving time

Margaret Wise Brown - The Runaway Bunny