I was reminded of something the other day that was pretty profound!Â It was by a 12 year old girl â€“ the daughter of a very good friend of mine.Â She was speaking of her friend who is a year older than she is and how she wishes she was more like her friend.Â â€œShe keeps her room clean, obeys her mother, and does things like theyâ€™re supposed to be done.Â When I come home from being with her I am so different for about two weeks.Â I clean up after myself, I do what mom and dad ask me to do without fussing, all those good things.Â Then, the longer Iâ€™m away from her I start to go back to how Iâ€™ve always been.â€Â I thought to myselfâ€¦Girl you just preached a sermon! (more…)
There he wentâ€¦out of my drivewayâ€¦after four and a half wonderful years â€“ well maybe not wonderful, but definitely good.Â Russell just drove off in my car that Iâ€™d driven everywhere, all over the Southeast, to see if we could sell it.Â Yea, weâ€™re downsizing, trying to pay off some things that we feel are weighing us down.
We were talking the other day about things and I mentioned we could sell my car.Â It made sense, but when it came down to it, it hurt.Â Russell even offered to keep it!Â This is the car that only four and a half years ago Russ had talked me into buying.Â Now I was hooked!Â Anyway, as I whined, both verbally and non-verbally, I realized that I was way too attached to this thing.Â God reminded me that it is a car, a car!Â Had I really gotten my security from this item bought on this earth?Â I was reminded that our security should only come from God, the Creator of all things.Â He owns it all and these earthly treasures will be gone some day.Â My car that I love so much will end up sitting in a scrap metal junkyard one day.Â Even my voice that I put so much of my time and energy into will one day fade.Â But the Bible says that the Word of God stands forever.Â I realized in this not-so-crucial moment of watching my car be driven out of my life that these things are temporal, that I should never be so caught up in and attached to the things of this world.Â Things come and things go but Jesus Christ promises to never leave us or forsake us.Â Praise Him!
Itâ€™s kind of exciting â€“ thinking about what God might do if we honestly and sincerely seek to know and love Him with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength, not getting caught up in this world but storing up treasures in heaven.
Lord, thank You for reminding me that itâ€™s okay to find pleasure in things, just not finding security there.Â Our hope comes from You and You alone.Â Help me to offer up everything I own with open hands.Â Itâ€™s Yours anyway!
Iâ€™m finally reading Crazy Love.Â My friend, Melissa, encouraged me to read it a while back and I bought it, only to sit it on my nightstand to â€˜get to it later.â€™Â Well, now is later.Â I picked it up on Sunday and am trying to allow God to speak to me through such an amazing speaker and writer, Francis Chan.
Chapter 2 got me!Â It talks about something you and I know already but need reminding of on a moment-by-moment basisâ€¦This life storyâ€™s main character is not me, not you, not the celebrity, not even the most God-used speakers and writers, but God.Â God alone.Â Sometimes, though, donâ€™t we all seem to act like itâ€™s about us, even a little?Â Like Francis Chan puts it, we know that God is holy, but â€œI am still dumb enough to forget that life is all about God and not about me at all.â€
I thought about itâ€¦What am I doing with my little part of this story called life? Am I making much of God or much of Kristi?Â Am I living eternally minded in how I parent, how I relate to my husband, how I interact with my friends and family?Â Or am I getting caught up in this fast-paced life that can seem to be about my stuff, my circumstances, my commitments?
I am challenged today to live life to make much of my Creator, my Savior, the One Who owns this story anyway.
What about you?
Photos from the second annual Dragonboat Festival in Myrtle Beach, sponsored by and benefiting Ground Zero, a local ministry organization that works with middle and high school students in Horry County.
Photography by Leo Cloutier
Last night, we had our Good Friday services at church – WOW! What a vivid reminder of what our Savior went through for us, for me, for you. And to think my attitude yesterday, and even this morning, is so far away from what Jesus’ attitude was to even His worst enemies. He did, after all, pray for His enemies, the ones that were nailing Him to the wooden beams and spitting on Him. The ones that still mock Him today. The ones that turn their backs and deny the most perfect of gifts. The ones. US.
Thank You, God, for Your abundant unfailing love for us! Help me to be involved in Your Divine Plan today – to be about Your work, Your eternal work on this earth. Thank You for inviting me to join You today