I’m sitting in class having (participle of time) just finished (perfect stative) my final. We did (aorist) alot of work related to Romans 5-8 (dependant clause) & I’m kind of pumped because I can basically read much of Romans 5-8 in greek (content clause). As a side note, I’ve memorized (perfect, consummative) so much grammar stuff that if you were talk to me now (conditional clause), you might rightfully think that I’m a bit on the freak side (possibly optative but probably indicative).
Holy Cow!!! Whoever thinks of this stuff is really smart – would that I could attain such intellectual heights. 😉
Needless to say, I’ll be happy to head home in the snow & brace for tomorrow’s onslaught. I also have to say that I’ve been having some completely outrageous times w God, hearing Him w tremendous clarity, sensing His presence, connecting to His love . . . . . in my heart, I’m so captivated by Him.
So here’s the sequel to yesterday with the Greek mid-term. With God’s help, I stopped complaining & griping, studied hard (I found myself to be more productive w my studying when I stopped complaining) and thanks be to God, I got an 88% on my Greek mid-term. For some of you, that may be disappointing – thinking I should have gotten at least an A. But please realize that this B+ was extremely miraculous (the best grade I’d earned in the class all semester).
So here’s my conclusion, complaining & griping don’t usually bring the results we want. I find that when I gripe, argue with & complain to God (or anyone else):
- my attitude goes down the toilet,
- I have a hard time getting myself into being constructive & productive
- I become an unhappy person
- I bring others down around me.
I don’t want or need these results in my life & I’d venture to say that you don’t either. 😉
Check back later for some cool stuff on the Lord’s Prayer & the existence of evil!
A few weeks ago I had my Greek mid-term & i was pretty wound up about it for a variety of reasons. Bottom line, from my opinion, I needed to do well in it to pass the class. However, if you would have asked me about it, I would have gone off on the class – grammar griping, content clarity, instrumental datives, absolute genitives, possessive pronouns, etc. The more I griped, the worse it got.
Intervene God (whew!) – in our Philippians study, the next verses we’re working on talk about doing everything without complaining or arguing – even taking a greek mid-term. Furthermore, I thought about one of my friends in Ethiopia who would LOVE the chance to study greek. Needless to say, God put me in His cross hairs & fired away. I’m really glad because I shut my mouth, studied & smiled, generally.
Check back tomorrow!! GOTCHA! 😉
πάντα ποιεῖτε χωρὶς γογγυσμῶν καὶ διαλογισμῶν
You have to be really smart for Greek & I’m not sure I’m of such a high intellectual caliber to get it. I’m in my 3rd semester of Greek & my class meets weekly for about 2.5 hours on Monday nights, translating parts of Romans. Again, you have to be really smart for this class. Tonight, I’m not feeling very smart. Its probably because I’m tired, at least I’m hoping this excuse will make things look better in the morning. I just don’t feel very smart. Do you know that Paul doesn’t use verbs in some of his sentences? That’s about all I want to say on this topic.