Oh what a year it’s been! Lots of ups and downs, trials and tribulations. We all thought 2020 would be a year of vision and excitement. Instead we all got smacked in the face with Covid. But we survived! Love is shown by obedience. As I submit to His will in all things–physical, mental, spiritual–new patterns will emerge. God says in His word, “You will have no other gods before me” yet daily we bow down to many other gods, idols, and we hardly realize it.
I almost titled this post, “To know and not to do means not really to know” because I say all the right Christian words but I don’t always do what I know to do. Am I truly following in His footsteps, am I living to bring glory to His name, do I choose to live low and selflessly put others first, am I walking the narrow road?
I’ve noticed some things lately, trends maybe, leading me to conclude this:
We are careless.
It may not be intentional but for many of us our standards reflect the world and not the Word. As I’ve thought about this, I’ve come up with a list of ten ways we’re careless with our Christianity…
I just turned sixty. I can’t even believe I said that out loud! I mean, come on, sixty??? How on earth did that happen??
Honestly, in the months preceding my birthday, I tried to avoid even thinking about it. But my husband, God love him, would occasionally remind me with a little glint in his eye that at fifty-nine I was actually in my sixtieth year. Cute. Not. He’s sixty-two so he can get away with it 🙂
I don’t know why it bothered me so much. Turning forty was a big milestone and I think the realization hit home that I was nothing resembling a young person anymore. Turning fifty wasn’t so bad. I just slid right into that decade and didn’t think too much about it but sixty. Whoa….
I want to have my cake and eat it too. I DON’T want to share it with ANYONE. I want it all to myself because I’m selfish. It’s my worst quality and the one area where I still have much work to do. One of many areas.
As I grow and go on with God He gently guides and teaches and as I listen and follow, my clenched hands open and what I grasp tight He teaches me to give. He brought this home in a profound way years ago and I’ve never forgotten the lesson. It’s this:
Just because a blessing falls into your lap doesn’t mean it’s always yours to keep.
If you follow my blog you know I’ve written quite a bit about my struggles with
He Knows The Way each of us takes and He cares deeply about our hopes and dreams, our desires, our wants, our prayers. We can’t see what He’s doing behind the scenes but He’s always working on our behalf, making things ready, putting all our ducks in a row.
Infinite is the number of ways He can communicate His love and care for us and one of those ways is using the world around us.
Has He ever spoken to you through His creation? He does with me, often, dropping little hints to remind me He’s there, He hears, and He totally has my back. Here’s an example.I take a walk every day and usually my husband Mike joins me. This particular day however…