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Thursday, March 4, 2010

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How can one keep our energies focused on eternal goals? It's funny, as believers we are to be imitators of Christ...to set ourselves apart from the world...but, so often it seems we get wrapped up in playing the part to our fellow church-goers. I think, at times, it's quite easy to base our hope on what our peers say rather than on what God says.




I think of how I may be conveying to my own children that they need to find their self worth and value in the approval of others rather than God...and it makes me wonder if I have fostered in them the act of acting out our lives for an audience of many rather than an audience of One. I was reading, yesterday, in Proverbs "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" (Proverbs 22:6)...I've always thought this passage had more to do w/discipline, at least that's how so many of my peers in church referred to it...but, really, it has so much more to do with starting my children out in the way they should go, setting an example for them...




In Donald Miller's book, Searching For God Knows What, Miller illustrates how all of our desires spring from the relationship that was broken with our Maker long ago in the garden of Eden...how we seek the approval of others b/c of that severed relationship...it's in our nature...




SO, really all we can do for our sweet children, is to point them to Jesus...and to keep on pointing them to Him...to stop acting out our lives by the church playbook, and live solely for our Lord, even if that doesn't always look like what other believer's say it should. anyhow, here is one of our favorite blogs....today's post was really good:





"Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ." Galatians 1:10












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