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Day 22: Cliff Notes

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Cliffs Notes

Remember reading them?

You know...

When you are supposed to read a book

for a school assignment

but you don't

so you read the

Cliffs Notes

that summarize every chapter.


Is that really reading the book?

They never were a substitute for me

because I would get more confused

reading the summary

that took more time to understand,

so instead

I did what I was supposed to do

in the first place

and just read the book.


it was cheating.

Who was I really cheating,

but only myself.

Cliffs Notes

are written as a study aid

to enhance your understanding of a book,

to go deeper.

I was reminded of

Cliffs Notes

when I stumbled upon a quote

that could be the

Cliffs Notes

of the Bible

because I have read~

*Do everything without grumbling or arguing, Philippians 2:14

*For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6: 4-15

*Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.

“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy,

because great is your reward in heaven. Luke 6:22-23

*He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted... Isaiah 61:1

So here is the

Cliffs Notes

for today~

and you won't be cheating yourself~

“Jesus.. says, 'Let go of your complaints, forgive those who loved you poorly, step over your feelings of being rejected, and have the courage to trust that you won't fall into an abyss of nothingness but into the safe embrace of a God whose love will heal all your wounds.”

― Henri J.M. Nouwen

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