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Monday, December 6, 2010

Would you treat God like that??

Certainly, we live, move, and exist because of him. As some of your poets have said, 'We are God's children. ~Acts 17:28 GOD'S WORD® Translation 
Would you treat God like that??

We are made in the image of God.  We claim to love Him,  desire to serve Him, to be His children.  If that is so, then I have a question for you.  Would you treat God the way you treat yourself?
Hmmmm.  I had this conversation with my mom one day and my best friend the next, but I suspect it is a theme.  Both these women excelled professionally, married well, raised families, and have given care to both parents and grandparents. They are awesome women.   However, they each fail dismally at consistently loving themselves.  They are not alone.
Why do we eat too much and work out too little? Why do we give of ourselves until there’s nothing left? I’m guilty too, but committed to getting better.  I had change handed to me, had my life turned upside down.  Instead of giving up and shutting down, I earnestly tried to learn the lessons.  What have I learned?
I am learning that less is better.  I eat less food because a) I ate too much, and b) sometimes I ate just to have something to do.  Now, if I’m not hungry, I don’t eat.  If my body is a temple, I should treat it like a mansion and not a shack.  I am trying to use nervous energy to get things done.  Goodness knows there’s always something to do. Goodness knows I seldom lack for nervous energy.
I am learning that although getting new things may make you feel better, you may not always need them.  Donating what you have and do not use not only gives you space, it may additionally provide you the good feeling that you are helping someone who will appreciate the stuff you have not used/worn/noticed in far too long.
I am learning that while money is good, time is far better.  When I worked full-time outside the home, I spent less time with my family.  We tried earnestly to make the best of the time we had, but now that we have more time, we make better use of it.  Should it be God's Will that I go back to a full time career, I will think differently about quality time.  It’s a lesson I would never have learned otherwise. It is a lesson for which I am deeply grateful.
If you were taking care of God, how would you do it?  Would you serve meals on the good china? Would you dress up? Would you give your best, do your best, take your time? Or would you try to make time, squeeze it in, or promise it later, knowing it probably wouldn't get done? Isn’t that how we treat ourselves?
An empty pitcher cannot pour.  Busy caring for spouses, children, loved ones, friends, colleagues, strangers, our careers, who does for us? What example are you setting for the people who look up to you, even those you may not notice watching? What one change will you make today to model loving the God in you? 
I’m headed upstairs to clean out my drawers, because clutter makes me frustrated, and frustration is not good.  I’ll sort what’s out of season for storage, sort the laundry, and donate today what I no longer need so that someone else makes good use of my blessings.
Finally, Lord, I’m apologizing for not taking the best care of You and I.  It isn’t You, it’s me, and if I focused more on the loving You part, I know I'd do better.  I’m so thankful that You love all of us not according to what we earn or deserve.  So, for all the times I’ve run myself down, not gotten enough rest, exercise, quiet time, or indulged too much in whatever I’ve had more than my share of, I am blessed that You are in control instead of me. Further evidence that God is good.

1 comment:

  1. WOW!!! I have been ill so just now catching up to read more of your good word!! WOW WOW WOW!!! What a great topic!! ME, I!!! Would I treat God the way I treat myself?? Heck NO is the answer!! It is time to stand up and respect yourself and make room for self!! I stand up today for myself!! Things shall change! Thanks for the words of encouragement!

    Much Love!!


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