Text: Mark 8:27-38
Going into fall, the new school year and new schedule seem to raise some questions: What is my life about? This may be a good time to sit down with pencil and paper to analyze how I am using—or not using—my days. I could start by reviewing or creating a week’s calendar and marking down what I did with each hour. (Maybe I could use different colors for the most significant, difficult, joyful, constructive, negative or useless.) Looking at how I spent the week, I ask, “Is this life worth saving?” What might it cost me to lose it, to turn from it? What way of using my time could be worth losing the way I live now? Were I to take up a new life, what might it cost the people who depend on me? What could I say to them? I could try writing out a week’s schedule of that new life. How might it look different from the sample week of my current life that I wrote earlier? What in it might be significant, difficult, joyful, constructive, negative, or useless? Might I now want to save my life as it is, or might I choose to let it die and take up this different one? For whose sake do I really want to live?
– Caroline Wohlforth