I suggest that you use a notebook for your class notes and assignments. Or if you prefer to work on the computer you could cut and paste the following questions in a Word document and type in the answers for your own reflection. Then from your notes send in something you'd like to share with others in the feedback form below.
Assignment #1: Assessing where we are right now...
1. Take time to ponder and write down for your own reflection in your notebook the following questions and your answers to them.
While doing this assignment, let's remember that God loves us, is on our side and wants only what is best for us. If we know we are loved we can more easily be honest and at the same time gentle with ourselves because we are loved, realizing that we can decide to do things differently if we see that we need to make some changes. We are working on perfection but aren't there yet and that is OK. At the same time we do have to repent of any serious sin and try our best to conquer any habitual sin so as to live in God's grace. (If we fall into sin through our own weakness, as long as we keep trying and don't give up, we can know that God is pleased with our efforts and will help us conquer through his grace.) Below are some things to reflect on regarding God's first commandment.
What is the highest good that I want and desire in my life? Is it a great spouse and family? Health? Wealth? A great job? Status? Recognition? Vacations? How does this relate to God's commandment to love Him above all things? Who or what am I currently putting first in my life?
What do I focus on as in spending most of my waking hours trying to get, thinking about, working for, dreaming about, loving? Am I making a little idol of anything or anyone by putting it or them above what God wants me to do?
Who or what persons, places, things or desires easily lead me to sin (i.e. to do something I know offends God and isn't right)? How can I avoid these persons, places of things in the future?
If we have turned our lives over to God's control and are putting God first, God is like the pilot of our lives, or in the drivers seat. Who is the pilot of my life? Who is in the drivers seat? As someone jokingly once said, If God is your co-pilot, you better switch seats.
Do I see the value in asking God to help me to put him in the #1 spot? Do I understand Jesuss words, If you love me you will obey my commandments.?
What ways will I take the things I've just discovered about my life and make a more determined effort to make God #1 by giving up serious sin or doing the duties of my life more conscientiously? What am I going to decide to do differently in my life as a result of this reflection? Who or what am I going to decide from this moment forward to put first in my life?
Finally, if I don't want to decide yet to put God first in my life, what if any obstacles are holding me back from making God #1 in my life? Am I willing to give up anything that stands in my way? If not, would I be willing to ask God to help me become willing?
Assignment #2: Write down in your notebook your decision and compose your own prayer that reflects your decision to commit or recommit your life to God as the highest priority in your life, to make a choice to love God above all things (and to let God be in control of your life remembering that your Heavenly Father knows everything, including what is best for us, truly loves us and we can trust Him to do what is best for us and others). You can use the prayer that we said earlier as an example.