June 29, 2011 Comments Off on Lights/Sounds
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. -1 Cor 10:13
Sometimes in life, we let all the lights and sounds distract us from our goals. For some of us, it might not be literal lights and sounds. It might be the idea of being the CEO of your company or living in a huge house with a big family. Point being, what does any of that have to do with furthering our faith?
Sure, the sound of president of xyz corporation or fantasizing about having someone tell you “wow, you look so good” might be great, but so what? It sounds great, but doesn’t make you any happier or a stronger christian.
Behind our greatest outfits, attractive bodies, huge bank statements, fast cars, big houses, designer bags, and oakley sunglasses is a hurting, lonely person. Behind everything in their life that you wish you had is someone who is so far from God and the farthest from happiness. Can money buy happiness? For a season, but in the end it leaves you even worse than you were before.
So, what does matter?
The fact that you embrace the love you are given every single day, the way you love on the person that paid the ultimate price for you to escape eternal suffering, what kind of witness you reflect to each and every person everyday, the words you use to build others up.
Who cares if you aren’t on a magazine cover or eating $100 meals, it isn’t going to serve you any good in eternity anyways. You don’t need a perfect body, large bank account, or certain color of skin to be empowered by God to change the entire world in which you live in. You have a voice, you have the ability to effect every person that you see today for the kingdom of heaven.
Don’t get caught up in chasing after all the lights and sounds of this world because once you finally catch up to them you will realize it is a dead end- emptiness and sadness.
Chase something that will give you more than happiness than any dollar amount could buy you…The satisfaction that God is looking down at you smiling saying “Well done, my good and faithful servant”
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin…” -Matthew 6:24-34