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Augustine and Bunyan both present good ideas that have made me look at my redemptive story in a different light These ideas have made me look back even more on my life and see how God has been at work since the very beginning In the points that the two authors make they reflect on God and what he has done in their lives yet it seems like God is doing or has done that very same in my life One of the first ideas that stood out to me was found at the very end of Book 1 of St Augustines Confessions Book I closes with a very brief list of Augustines selfish sins as a little boy which he claims were shocking even to the worldly set He sees these as smaller less significant versions of the sins of a worldly adult life He admits however that there were some good things about him as well These though were due entirely to God The sins on the other hand were due to a misdirection of Augustines gifts away from God and toward the material created world This made me think of my own life as a child and how I sinned very often yet thought nothing of it Now as I get older I take my sin so much more seriously because I understand it more It makes me realize that God knew my gifts already while I was a child Although I was innocent as a child though I still sinned I have come to realize that sinning as a child was crucial to my growth in the Lord It made me realize my faults and change them The idea that really struck me the most from Augustines book was found in book IV He wrote this shortly after a close friend of his suddenly passed away leaving him grief-stricken everything on which I set my gaze was death Realizing now that
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