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[this week, i'll be blogging about the new book, Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First by doug bender. big thanks to doug for the opportunity to preview this devotional and help spread the word. this is post 3 of 4.]
straddle the fence. one foot in, one foot out. double minded. do these describe you?
if i'm honest (which, why wouldn't i be?), i have to admit that i do the hokey pokey on a daily basis. not so much the actual dance that was oh so popular on the roller skating rink as a kid, but the one where i can't decide where my loyalties lie. i've got one foot in and one foot out. my mouth says one thing, but my hands and feet say another. my heart is divided.
"no one can serve two masters. either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. you cannot serve both God and money."
i serve two masters. how do i know?
my thought life, for one. the thoughts that consume my in-between moments are not ones of gratitude for what the Lord has done. they're not prayerful. they're not eternally focused. they're trivial in comparison...the next task on the list. plans for this. details for that. need to call so-and-so after work. run this errand on lunch. you get the picture.
none of those thoughts are bad in and of themselves. but it's a problem when they consume more of my time than thoughts of scripture, God's faithfulness, God's goodness, and how I can serve others.
God isn't fooled by my weekly lip service. He knows where my true loyalty lies. i spend far more time worrying about bills, trading in my car, getting married, saving money, looking cute and trendy for work, scouring pinterest for new craft and organizing ideas. blah blah blah. trivial.
God isn't my main concern. my relationship with Him is taken for granted. other things become more thought worthy than Him and the truth of His Word. sad. but when i find myself in this place, i always go back to David's cry and echo his words...
"teach me Your way, O Lord, and i will walk in Your truth;
give me an undivided heart, that i may fear Your name."
give me an undivided heart that i may fear Your name. yes, Lord, yes. may the cry of my heart be, "give me, Lord, my daily bread." may i fill my mind with scripture and meditate on His goodness and faithfulness. may i cultivate a grateful heart and only serve one Master. may my thoughts be consumed by eternal treasure and not by the trinkets of this world.
live unashamedly :: laugh uncontrollably :: love unconditionally.