Many of the posts I write about have to do with perspective. I believe its because of the perspective we have on things that cause us to act like we do. One of my favorite things are M&M’s. When I see a bowl of M&M’s, I know that as soon as I scoop up my first handful, a smile will come to my taste buds and I will feel happier. That’s weird to say that, huh? (although I’m sure you can probably relate).
However, like eating one potato chip (I don’t think its possible), one handful of M&M’s is nearly impossible for me to do.
I think one scoop will satisfy, but it won’t. So, I take another one, and another. Pretty soon, my happy feelings turn into a kind of yucky feeling.
I think life is like that. We all face so many choices throughout our days and its the wisdom of our perspective that makes all the difference between having a deep feeling of contentment, or “need for more attitude that leads to yuckiness”.
Recently, I was reminded of this “perspective in our choices” kind of issue after reading Brad Bigney’s excellent book, “Gospel Treason”. Here are a few notes from it that I took:
-God doesn’t just give you satisfaction. Rather than merely giving you water, He establishes IN YOU a fountain of living water
its as though we’re in a boat surrounded by what looks like refreshing , thirst-quenching water, but its full of salt. Everything outside of God in Christ is saltwater, and it only leaves you thirstier than you were before.
-enjoy the stuff of this world, but don’t live for them.. They cannot sustain you. You were made for something bigger, better, fuller. You were made for an appetite for God, and nothing else will satisfy. .
-1 Tim. 6:17c (ESV) , says “God richly provides us with everything to enjoy. “
-So, if you have them (the material stuff in this world), enjoy them. Thank God for them. Just don’t get lost in the gift and forget the Giver . Only God Himself can satisfy.
-Idolatry is a threat to your soul.
Although there is so much around you that would seem to bring you an immediate sense of enjoyment, take the time my friend to evaluate the bigger picture. Are you, in actuality believing that some thing or person will bring you a lasting satisfaction and fulfillment, when only a personal relationship with the living and loving God can do that? As good as this “obvious choice” looks, will my yielding to it be good for me, or something harmful?