DAY 7 – The Flame of Learning
7 ELUL 5768
There is something about being in a place of study where the room is alive with the pure desire to learn and change – an environment where the learners are actively engaged because the scripture became alive, relevant, convicting and personal.
Yesterday, I had the awesome privilege of participating in a service led by Pastor Irma Diaz. The message was spiritually and mentally galvanizing – which led to equally energizing conversations after the service. As I floated from one conversation to the next, everyone (at different levels) was discussing what they had learned and how to apply it to their lives.
In truth each service builds on the week before, layering another aspect of the lesson, bringing back to mind what was forgotten, clarifying the key points of the season, instigating a sense of discomfort with the status quo and preparing the learner to take the next step. The message yesterday was the catalyst for the spontaneous combustion of active learning.
Why did our hearts burn within to take action?
As partners with Hashem in Tikkun Olam (the Healing/Repairing of the World), we were agitated out of complacency to conduct dual (spiritual and natural) repairs during this season: (1) Deal aggressively with our weaknesses and (2) Lay hold of our strengths – for they will help to heal those areas that need fixing in our lives and the world around us. As individuals within the community, we committed to doing what we had heard. We heard the message with the intent to take action.
The message reminded me of doors I saw in Saratoga Springs, NY. Take a look below, which one best reflects your heart in this season of repentance, change and recommitment.
Door #1 (Hard to Reach ) or Door # 2 (Open, Prepared)