Who would have such a thought on a gorgeous day like this? Well…
For some odd reason I woke up this morning with a severe case of the I want to syndrome. Immediately I started thinking of what I wanted, when I wanted it, and none of it was good!
Don’t want to work, I want to play. And on it goes from there.
On any given day, at any time we can decide to go off track and be totally self-indulgent. We can make ourselves discontent and miserable focusing on what we don’t have rather than appreciate what we do; see the bad and forget the good. I was there. That’s when it hit me.
I need to die.
I need to kill this “all about Barbie” thing right now. I need to get over myself and get on with what I need to do, what I’m supposed to do. This girl…this attitude needs to be put down. So I put her down.
Now, let’s go to work and get over ourselves. 🙂
“Whether, then you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
I think of the garden scene a lot. Adam and Eve in paradise – or the closest thing to it on earth. Heaven on earth. Adam and Eve walked with God and talked with Him enjoying His presence constantly. Everything they needed was in the confines of that existence, which is exactly how God intended it to be, perhaps even for us!
In my mind, I see hundreds and hundreds of trees yielding every kind of fruit we can think of. I believe the garden was the place of perfection and what we all want life to be – no want of any kind and need. I think desire wasn’t even in their vocabulary yet until that one conversation changed everything (Genesis 3).
“Surely you will not die!” (Genesis 3:4). In other words, “He’s a liar. He just doesn’t want you be rival to Him. He wants to control you! He doesn’t want you to be truly happy! One piece won’t hurt! What difference will it really make? Die? Pff – you’re not gonna die. “ Sound familiar? With all we have, with everything God has blessed us with and everything He’s allowed us to live through and experience (both good and bad), we can’t seem to get to the place where we’re content with that. Some are in a state of constant want: “If I could just…if I had…I want…if only…”.
God didn’t tell them not to partake of the tree to be mean or controlling. He did that for their protection because He knew the harm that would come to them. He knew it would change them and their relationship with Him…and it did. The same principal is true for us. He knows what sin will do to us and our relationship with the Father. The things He warns against are all wrapped in “the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life” (1st John 2:16 NASB). The Bible is full of caution for our protection! It’s not that He wants you to be without what you think you want…He wants you to be without hurt, regret or shame.
Toying, flirting with, considering doing what we know we shouldn’t WILL kill us in more than one way. It causes something in us to die and could cause pain all around us. From some consequences we may never recover. Are you willing to risk it? Do you want to die?