my search to understand the bigger picture

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hebrews 13:5-6

"Don't be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, 'I'll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,' we can boldly quote,
'God is there, ready to help; I'm fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?" -The Message

A good word for today, especially for Americans. How often am I consumed with getting the next big thing, especially when it comes to running? How easily I forget all I NEED to run is road. Technically, I don't even need shoes! But yet, I want the latest in technology, the latest fad in footwear and clothing, the latest GPS watch, etc. It gets out of control very quickly.

Why is it that I'm very good at being obsessed with getting material things, but rarely obsessed with God? Why am I not more obsessed with showing God's love to others? Why doesn't that control the majority of my thoughts?

What a sad state I live my life in all too often. My life is a living testament to the truth that we need daily renewing of our minds. I love Romans 12:2 in the King James Version.

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." I love the word "renewing" here because it indicates to me a constant action. This is something that must happen regularly.

And that makes complete sense! Of course we must continually renew our minds because Satan is continually attacking us! This is no accident. Of course he wants to distract me with materialism, he wants to distract us with anything that works! Sometimes he makes life so difficult, and we begin to really focus on Jesus, then all of a sudden life takes a turn for the better, and we loose our focus. Just had a conversation today about that. WE MUST CONSISTENTLY RENEW OUR MINDS, AND KEEP OUR FOCUS ON JESUS, REGARDLESS OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES!

So, where do you stand today? Maybe, like me, you need to do a little renewing of your mind. Work with me to stop focusing on ourselves, and focus on Jesus and others.

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