The October challenge is to read the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5,6 & 7) every single day for 31 days.
Why? This summer our church studied the Sermon on the Mount. Our pastor encouraged us to read it every week all summer. Although, truth be told, I didn't actually read it every single week, I did read it a lot. And I was stuck by 2 things: First, that these passages are so very relevant to the journey that our family is on. If you want a manifesto for a simple, radical, authentic life you will find it in the Sermon on the Mount. And secondly, that it never gets old. There is so much in these chapters to change us and guide us and move our hearts that it never seems to get stale.
The timing is on purpose here. By the end of October most of us will be thinking about the holidays. Our pinterest boards will be filling up with ideas, our schedules will be filling up with events and parties and commitments, and what I want more than anything for our family this Christmas is that we would know what it is that Christ wants for his birthday. That we would seek to give these red letter words their rightful authority in our lives. That it would be more than advice or ancient wisdom, but the earth shattering truth of a God who was willing to love until it cost him everything this life can offer.
So, will you join me? Starting next Monday, will you find the time to read these three chapters of Matthew every day for 31 days?
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In unrelated news: Our family is currently fighting off an illness, catching up on laundry and life after having weekend guests, and preparing for 31 days to Savour the Season (my October blog series that starts on my other blog next week.) Plus, we have a new puppy! Soooo....all that to say that posts might be a wee bit sparse this week while we are busy juggling life in general. Please be patient, I promise I haven't gone anywhere!