Saturday, July 30, 2011
As I read Evie her "kid" devotional tonight, I thought..."Ah-ha! There it is! What I have known to be true, but have never been able to put into words..."
From My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, 7-30 "Jesus did not commit Himself unto them...for He knew what was in man." John 2:24-25
My "perspective" for a couple of decades now has been, "Someone will always let me down, and I will always let someone else down at least once in my relationship with him or her."
Some would say this is pessimistic, but I think it's only realistic and that it helps to cushion me from the blow when that new friend or high-esteemed family member falls from grace by letting me down. Of course they will let me down! They are human, and so am I!
This realization is, literally, a Come-to-Jesus moment because He is the ONLY one who will never let me, nor you, nor anyone else down. "Why our Lord is apparently so severe regarding every human relationship is because He knows that every relationship not based on loyalty to Himself will end in disaster."
So, in other words, Mary Kay Ash had it right! We should prioritize our lives in the following order: Faith, Family, Career. The moment that Family is more important than Faith~boom! Discontent. The moment that Career comes before Family~kapow! Discontent. However, if I look to God and turn my family and my friends and my career over to Him and say, "It's all for you...all for you...this is my offering..." I will find blessings abound...joy, peace, tranquility...
Think about this: "Many of the cruel things in life spring from the fact that we suffer from illusions."
She is my best friend.
I will honor and obey you, till death do us part.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...
Illusions. Smoke and Mirrors. Words, Actions.
Not God. Not Omniscent. Not the Creator of the Universe. Not the Beginning and the End. Not the Foundation, Solid Rock, I AM.
Let's be realists. Let's stop holding one another to unachievable goals of perfection in appearance, thought, word, deed. Let's remember that God does not make mistakes, that He loves each one of us as we are because we are His works of art. Let's remember that without a right relationship with Him, we cannot have a right relationship with anyone.
"There is only one Being Who can satisfy the last aching abyss of the human heart, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ."
Or, as the words of the Plumb song 'God Shaped Hole' go..."There's a God-shaped hole in all of us, and an empty soul that's searching, There's a God-shaped hole in all of us, and it's a hole, that only He can fill..."