1 John 2.15-17 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
This morning while trying to be productive and clean, I threw my iPhone 4 in the washing machine. For those of you who don’t know, this is the 2nd time I have thrown an iPhone 4 in the washing machine. I will say, this time I have not beat myself up as bad…but I am still pretty upset with myself for being so….dumb. I am a blonde…what can I say? (no offense to anyone, please)
As I have reflected on this, this morning…Romans 8.28 and 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18 keep coming to my mind.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
1 Thessalonians 5.16-17
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I have referred to these two verses before. They help keep me calm when I, as an imperfect human, do stupid stuff! God has a purpose and a plan. I believe EVERY thing…even dropping my phone in water, is part of that plan. Worry is not to be part of our daily routine. Stress is not either. Now, am I saying that I can justify and excuse my naive mistakes? No! I am saying I need to take everything…my anger at myself, my frustration for dropping phone in washing machine, my RELIANCE on worldly things…to HIM!
As 1 John 2.15a states…Do not love the world or anything in the world!
I have to admit I love my phone. I use it ALL the time for many things…am I guilty of using it just for fun when I should be doing something worthy of Him? Am I guilty of using it when I should be paying attention to my husband and family? Am I guilty of Facebooking when I could be reading the Bible or doing other things that need to get done? YES!!!
This post is SOOO for me! If it took dropping the phone in the washing machine a SECOND time for me to get it…then I should be thankful! Right? I am getting there! :)As I have said in the past…I am stubborn and it takes awhile for me to get things because I want it my way.
What has this journey to Boston taught me? Patience and that God has a better plan. When and if I am truly plugged into Him and not my gadgets(which I love), then life will be much sweeter. 🙂
So…what to do next? Let go of my frustration over the phone. Pray my protection plan covers damage or the phone wakes up on its own.(it is in a bag of rice now) Realize my phone and my gadgets are taking precious time away from the people who mean the most to me in life and the person who saved me – the Lord.
It is in the word ALL and IN – IN ALL things be thankful and in ALL things God works for the good…
Until next time…
*update on fundraising goal for Team Hoyt…13% of $5000 goal has been raised in week on! Praise the Lord…to Him be the glory.
2 responses to “Do not love the world or anything in it…”
Thanks for the encouraging words regarding Run For God. If you recall, when I first started looking into in back in March, I came across your blog. The impact that it had on you and your group provided all the confirmation that I needed to pursue the program further. We’re really praying that God moves among us and through us once we start our 12 week journey in February. If you don’t mind, I’d like to provide your blog to the group as recommended reading. By the way, I really enjoyed this post. We all need to think about where our time and desires are focused. Have a great week.
You are more than welcome! Your encouraging words and prayers have helped all along this journey. I love the way God has been working through all of this!!! I would be honored and humbled for you to share my blog. It has become a ministry…maybe a book one day. :o) Let me know how your journey goes… I would love to be able to come and run your 5k. I should be rested from Boston by then. :o)
Have a blessed week and Christmas season! Trish