"Do not love this world nor the things it offers you.....for the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world." (1 John 2:15-16 NLT)
I have read this scripture 100x before, however, something new caught my mind today:
This world offers us cravings for "physical pleasure" (food and other desires); "everything we see" (material items), and "pride in our achievements & possessions" (titles, accolades, and defining significance in people's opinion not God.)
I took a moment and thought about the "busy" weeks I always seem to have. How many times had I "craved" something to eat? How many times had I "dreamed" of the living room furniture I am so "in-love" with? How many times did I wonder if the decisions I was making at work would define my significance? And............How many times did I "crave" to spend time with God?
Wow........when I weighed everything out it was a lopsided equation, to say the least. It was in that moment the Lord spoke to my heart, and reminded me that He is the source of my significance. He has blessed me with so much, a loving husband, an amazing family, a wonderful job, church, friends, etc. And, yet, I am always thinking of more. It was in that moment that I just THANKED GOD. Thanked Him for my salvation, for His Love, Kindness, Goodness, Mercy, and Grace that He gives me exceedingly more than I can ever ask each day.
And, as I prepare for another busy week, with lots of meetings, deadlines, church commitments, striving to be a good wife, and just trying to be a Jesus girl reaching for my Father's heart, I am reminded that my life is not defined by where I live or what I do, my life is defined by my relationship with the Lord and my life that He is transforming to be more like Him.
By: Kim D.