I didn’t mean to become ‘one’, you know
But when I roll out of bed each morning, it’s just natural.
I reach to unplug my cell phone by the bed and check for messages or emails. As if I’m really that important.
Then it just becomes attached to me… my phone… for the remainder of the day… like an accessory, or worse, another limb.
And then I remember that I promised myself I’d start each day with prayer.
So I begin…
Thanking God for every good thing in my life, and then asking Him to bless all I’ve planned for my day.
And my mind begins to reel, to wander…
into the plans and problems of the day.
And worry takes over. And it’s there again…
I’m becoming one of ‘them’.
I shake it off.
Getting ready for my day proves to be a frustration as I struggle to find the just right outfit… because I know who I will see later today. Or rather, who will be seeing me. And goodness knows, I can’t look fat or plain, or less than… for them.
It takes me much too long to choose, to change into the mold of who I think I need to be.
And I’ve become ‘one’ yet again.
When will all this end?
Why do I keep running into the thing I struggle against.
I never thought I’d become ‘one of them’, Lord!
But I simply must confess…
when I put anything first,
as a priority,
as a passion,
as a pursuit,
as a problem,
that does not honor or include God,
I am an idol worshipper.
Strong words, I know.
People of the Old Testament in the Bible…
those people… they were idol worshippers.
But what is the first thought on your mind in the morning?
Where is your focus when you pray?
Who are you trying to impress when you make your plans for the day?
Who and what do you live for?
And if you believe it is God in the big picture of your plans….
consider all the small ones too.
All the little choices… the distractions that fill our minds.
Is He there?
Is worry an occupation?
Struggle with self-doubt?
Spend big chunks of time on social media?
Or go anywhere without a cell phone attached?
Just the name…. cell phone.
Whispering it will reveal the truth…
Who, actually owns who?
Maybe I just crossed the line!
And you may be sick of me now.
Considering to click the X in the corner…
closing the screen.
Hey, I barely know her!
Where does she get off judging me and my life!
And, you’re right!
I have crossed it.
I am stepping all over toes.
Yours as well… as well as my own.
Remember, I started out, talking all about me and my problems.
I flat out admit it.
I am an idol worshipper.
But I’m not proud of it…
I’m not going to hide it anymore.
And I am trying,
We, as humans have always been…
and will continue to fight against being…
Because we are focused on the here, and the now.
When God asks that we focus on eternity…
It would serve us well to change our perspective.
Let me give you an example.
a small sample of a word,
a made up one which I keep seeing and hearing.
This nickname in social media… #bae.
People post all sorts of statements
referring to anyone from a friend, celebrity, even their pet…
as their #bae.
They use it to refer to something fun they did,
a place they went,
or their favorite new product…
Just recently, I discovered what it really means.
That it’s not just a cute hashtag,
but really an abbreviation…
Now there is an attitude of the heart.
That is a perspective with which we can work!
Who, or what is my #bae?
What am I putting…
before anything else?
None of them are bad,
in and of themselves.
But are they the foremost thought,
at the beginning, middle and end of each day?
God tells us that He is a jealous God!
And we are, in fact created in His image.
So it should come as no surprise that most of us,
admittedly or not, have a pretty easy trigger for jealousy ourselves.
Don’t you hate that jealous feeling…
when it burns within you?
It hurts so much when someone betrays you
by giving their attention and affection to someone or something else…
after all that you have done to pour into them,
to encourage them.
Maybe you helped someone become a success,
or gave them a gift,
showered them with attention and love,
only to find that once they were satisfied and fulfilled,
they never even looked in your direction…
not even a glance, or a wink, to show they knew you were there.
Could it be that God feels that way too?
Maybe we should consider that to be the reason
the Creator of the universe would want us…
His creations, those into whom He has poured so much,
to look up to Him,
to thank Him,
to honor Him,
to put Him first…
He is certainly worthy!
So yes, I write this, to cross the line,
ready to step all over
your toes and mine,
begging you to consider today,
a change of perspective…
a change of heart.
Rather than continuing in idol worship,
putting all else first,
Let us YIELD…
to give way,
our first thoughts,
and making the LORD, Most High… #bae!
that is exactly what He did for you and I…
even knowing that we would become
world loving, sin filled, idol worshippers.
For God SO loved the world that He YIELDED…
His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish
but have eternal life.
He put your life first…
before His own.
Let us do the same
Before Anything Else… #bae
Do not make idols of any shape or form,
for the Lord your God has forbidden this.
The Lord your God is a devouring fire;
He is a jealous God.
In the future, when you have children and grandchildren
and have lived in the land a long time,
do not corrupt yourselves by making idols of any kind.
This is evil in the sight of the Lord your God and will arouse his anger.
Deuteronomy 4:23-25 (NLT)