Distorted

This morning at Cross PointPete Wilson talked about our greatest temptation as Christians. He said, “Our greatest temptation is not that which is ridiculously evil, but that which is deceptively good.”

Oh, how that rings true in my life. Oh, how I seem to place too much importance on WHATEVER is going well in my life. Oh, how I love to distort my blessings.

My career, my relationships, my church, my family, my online community, my wealth, my health, my comfortable existence – each are blessings. Each are blessings that I have ungratefully distorted. Each are blessings I have ungratefully distorted by making them seemingly MORE IMPORTANT than He who so generously bestowed them on me.

Shame on me. I KNOW better. But yet, I still fall into the trap. I find myself over-prioritizing that which is “deceptively good.”

“Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then these things will be given to you too. So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today.” Matthew 6:33-34 (The Voice)

How do make sure “living faithfully” is the most important thing you do each and every day?

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • It's something I have to work on every single day. It's so easy to let something slip into that #1 position because so many times we have items fighting for all our attention. It could be work, friends, social connections…they don't just sit by and say "that's OK, I'll be 2nd."

    Pete had a killer sermon today.
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  • What a great reminder to not make ultimate what should never be ultimate. In our pride and selfishness we elevate the blessings that God has given us over HIM. How sad is that. Making the gift more important than the one who gave the gift.

    Thanks for the reminder Lindsey.

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  • I don't think it's possible to do so without a daily dose of the Word! I know it sounds trite, but it really is a big deal. And with technology today, we have no excuse not to be connected to God through scripture. It almost scares me how easy it is for us and how we take it for granted.

    Great post and great thought starter. Needed a kick in the pants today.
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  • Lindsey,

    Your blog looks amazing!! And great post. I was there Sunday as well.

    BTW, Could you please change the URL for my blog on your blogroll to:
    http://randyelrod.com

    Thanks!!

    Randy

    • Randy,
      Thanks! I'm sick of it. Was just looking at new themes. It's a sickness 😉

      Updated your link. Thanks for the heads up!
      Lindsey

  • Great post, Lindsey. This is very true for me as well and a constant struggle to keep things in proper order, starting with Christ at the top. Some days I do better with it than others, but I am certainly becoming more aware of what my heart is prone to, and that is actually a large part of the battle.
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  • I'm more and more convinced that in order for Christ to be the center of everything, a lot of things in my life need to die. Pride tells me I can love him and live life in the exact same way I always have. This is nothing short of a lie.

    Great post!
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  • Yes, I agree – we can distort so much especially praise! I just read about how Corrie Ten Boom used to say that each time she received praise from someone she accepted it as if it were a flower. Then at the end of the day she presented it to God as a bouquet. I LOVE that! She gave all the praise where it was due! Sometimes we can be fools with praise!

    I praise the Lord for his generous grace in my life!!!
    Love,
    Courtney
    http://www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com

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  • that quote is SO dang powerful.

    and i love that translation of a much-familiar verse. "living faithfully is a large enough task for today." it SURE is. so why don't i make that my primary focus every. single. day?!

    sigh…
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    • I know. I know. I love The Voice. Do you have a copy? If not, I have an extra I can give you.

  • that quote is SO dang powerful.

    and i love that translation of a much-familiar verse. "living faithfully is a large enough task for today." it SURE is. so why don't i make that my primary focus every. single. day?!

    sigh…
    My recent post bittersweet

  • I liked that quote, very true. The one thing I do to remember to live faithfully is to 'check in with God' often…checking to see if I'm living in the Spirit at the moment or just living life..kind of a "hey, is this mike on?? " kind of moment…

    another quote I like is this
    "my daily struggle is not between the world and i, but between me and the lord." sorry, can't remember who said that..I can't take credit for it!

    found your blog through several twists and turns of the internet, starting with twitter..enjoyed my visit! 🙂