God and Other Unimportant Things

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A writer once said, “You eventually become what you worship…”.  The book of Proverbs says it in a similar thought: “A man becomes what’s in his heart” Whereas Luke says that your heart always follows what you treasure”. Elections, land reform, legislation, like the RH Bill, the Olympics, movies, movie stars, the economy  and the like seem to have taken the forefront of most conversations as of late.  It almost seems that these topics flow out of each on-going conversation throughout society.  In almost epidemic-like proportions, people have become obsessed with these issues.  And where is God in all of this?  He was shoved in the back burner somewhere along with the other unimportant nuisance topics that we want to evade and escape. 

Who wants to talk about God anyway?  There are far too many needs, priorities, and topics that seem more pertinent and practical than He.   That is… Until disaster strikes!  In the wake of last week’s torrential rains that resulted in almost Noahic proportions turning most of the country into a kingdom that Neptune himself would love to rule; and the Colorado Movie Theater massacre that left men, women and children slaughtered by a man feigning insanity (when he doesn’t seem to be so)- “God Talk” has emerged from the back room and has been thrust into the forefront and front-lines! In the midst of all the tragedy, we find ourselves at a loss and desperately seeking for answers that Philosophy and Scientology claimed we already had inside our heart of hearts-only to find that for every answer we discover, a hundred questions arise from it just the same! How exasperating and disillusioning it all is! In the words of Solomon the King…”I have searched the world above and below and found it all to be vanity and endless banter!”

In all of man’s efforts to steer away from God, he finds himself in the very path TO GOD. As man refuses to consider God, he prompts nature to cry out and catch his attention. The good book said beautifully when it said, “when people refuse to recognize His name, the rocks and stones will cry out (paraphrased) and when they do… they catch man’s attention. When all those tragedies struck, all the talk about elections, land reform, legislation, like the RH Bill, the Olympics, movies, movie stars, the economy and the like all took a back seat in an instant. For some reason, those things that enslaved our attention seemed so minute, finite and insignificant. When nature, (be it human or ecology) shouts, it usually commands that kinds of reaction. And in that same instant, we find ourselves looking UP and asking the same God we discarded for answers and more so-comfort.So where does God fit into your conversation and more so, your daily life? Is He still in the back room with all the “unimportant things”? Allow Him to permeate your today…everyday! Think about it.

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Do You See What I See?

Real Prayer

We see life much differently than the way Jesus sees it. We basically see things from a one dimensional-earthly perspective. Though we know that we are not here permanently, we operate every aspect of our lives on a temporal plane. We see our wants with a sense of urgency and yet we view the things that God meant to be important as temporary. So easily we look and value the outward things whereas Jesus looks on the heart. If we could only see what Jesus sees…what a change it would be!

The woman who lived a sinful life saw herself in the way Jesus saw her. She saw herself as one who can have a new beginning with Christ. She didn’t mind what other people thought of her. She saw through the humiliation and rejection and desired the greater thing that Jesus offered. She knew that Jesus was offering her something she’d been looking for all her life…true Love and Forgiveness. She came with an extravagant gift not to impress Jesus BUT THAT SHE COULD LOVE HIM IN EXTRAVAGANTLY. For how could you impress someone with an expensive gift if that someone owned all the world’s riches? How can you impress someone with your power when that someone is the Almighty? And how can you impress someone with great knowledge when He already knows all things? On that day, a mortal impressed an Immortal; the finite caught the attention of that which was infinite and man answered the prayer of God. That day, this woman put a smile on the face of God. She did so not with a gift but with her heart.

She saw what was important to God. She looked at her possessions and saw that the greatest purpose for it would be to love God with it. She saw her life and immediately she understood that it was best if given for the Master’s use. She valued what was important to God and thus, God regarded her and her actions with the greatest value.

If we can only see what Jesus sees, it would change the way we GIVE, LIVE AND LOVE. IN FACT, IT WOULD CHANGE EVERYTHING!