Summer Book Reading week 3: You Who? Why You Matter and How to Deal With it, by Rachel Jankovic

This week we will cover Chapters 8-10, pages 69-94. Not a lot of pages to read, but plenty to consider.

Having considered how much these different philosophies have influenced culture, even the church, now we begin to turn to the “but why does it even matter?”

Who writes your story? Who is the main character? Before you rattle off the “Sunday School answer” —

Is your definition of “submission” giving God permission to ___________?

What does being “bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20) and “you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. . .” (Colossians 3:3) mean?

Do you try to harmonize what you want with a “but I love Jesus, too?” What happens when what you want clearly clashes with what God has said in His Word?

So . . .why am I here? What’s the point? These are big questions. And the answers are important. Again, it is not wrong and selfish to ask the questions.

And it’s no coincidence that Question 1 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism states:

Q: What is the chief end of man?
A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

1 Corinthians 10:31. Psalm 73:24-26. John 17:22, 24.

What does this mean in day-to-day life? When circumstances clash with desires?

Consider this statement: “. . .The only real value and meaning in my life is present in that wonderful phrase ‘to the glory of God.’ This is the freedom from the fear of being insufficient. I am totally insufficient, and I don’t have to mind that at all. . .when my life is oriented around glorifying God, I see the value and glory and joy in the little . . .” (p. 84)

How does seeing myself as a worshiper affect my perspective?

How do we “craft our story?”

In the Word:

Mark 10:17-31; John 6:25-71

I would love to hear your thoughts,



3 thoughts on “Summer Book Reading week 3: You Who? Why You Matter and How to Deal With it, by Rachel Jankovic

  1. I just finished last week’s reading, and Oh!My! How much of my life has been “Jesus, plus. . . “! Without even realizing it! What a wake up call.
    Loved the end of ch 8:
    You are no longer the author of your own identities, but rather you live in the Author and He lives in you.
    I’m developing a new standard to measure my life by. . .

      1. Ah ha! I just read, “In summary, it really isn’t about me at all.” p84
        I read a very similar statement in Rick Warren’s book, Purpose Driven Life, years ago.
        I think these folks are onto something!
        This has been my mantra since I first read it and prayed about it.
        Now, to continue with my reading 😉

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