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Thanks a bunch, Lisa!
Let’s hear it for fortune cookies! Who hasn’t gleaned at least a kernel of wisdom from these sweet gems? Recently Calvin and I visited our favorite Chinese restaurant. My fortune said, “If you keep too busy learning the tricks of the trade, you may never learn the trade.”
Wow. I don’t know if the all-powerful fortune cookie writer across the sea realized that he or she was actually dispensing spiritual advice. But that’s exactly what it is since many of us work incredibly hard at our Christian lives. We go to church, do Bible study, read theology, and attend prayer meetings. And don’t forget about teaching Sunday school, organizing the church picnic and singing in the choir. Whew!
But even as we perfect the “tools” of our spiritual lives, could we be overlooking the main reason for our devotion – being together with Jesus? It’s possible. So rather than trying to fit in even more activities, why not consider a change of focus. Try slowing down and remember to keep the main thing the main thing!
Recently I came across boxes filled with our newspaper and magazine articles that had been published through the years. I also found a box with three years of cassette tapes from my 1990’s radio show.
I didn’t know what to do. If I threw them away, I couldn’t prove my accomplishments. But honestly, who is going to care about a bunch of old newspapers and tapes when I’m gone? I finally realized that the value was in the people who were helped at the time. I ended up tossing them – just keeping a few as souvenirs.
So what was I thinking – that I’d hand Jesus a bunch of tapes after I die as proof of my worth? On some level – yes! This little exercise showed me how far I still have to go in appropriating God’s love to my life. A challenging lesson!
Where is your struggle?