Not listening?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When we become dependent on toys and other things that give us pleasure, the stuff of living instead of waiting on God to impact our lives with the stuff that makes living purposeful, is it time to rethink our priorities? Are we listening to the siren call of things and shutting out God’s message to prioritize the spiritual over the material?

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

We live in an age where gadgets abound. I can read current newspaper headlines from all over the world with the click of a mouse. When I need a Bible text, a Bible program will effortlessly find it for me. Certain microwaves can connect with the Internet and find out how to cook dinners to perfection. Alarm clocks can regulate our electronic blankets and activate our coffeemakers. Smart sprinklers can check the weather forecast via the Internet and adjust their activity accordingly. Gadgets are everywhere, available for anything to anyone. But do they really make our lives any easier?

When we become dependent on this stuff instead of waiting on God to impact our lives, it's time to rethink our priorities.

Here's a thought from Rob Chaffert: "I realized that my toys were devouring my time; time that could have well spent with my family, time that could have been spent with friends. And what did I have to show for it; a new email provider? But wasn't this what I wanted, what I had worked so hard to achieve? Why the sense of dissatisfaction? As computers become faster by the minute, doesn't it seem like we've lost the art of waiting? We make more money; have bigger homes, bigger cars, bigger TV's, but do we have more time? We may have added years to our lives, but in the process, have we depleted the life from our years? I love to talk, but does anyone have the time to really listen? It seems that we have opted for bigger instead of better, noise instead of peace, fastness instead of tranquility. We have more toys, yes; but we also have less time, more problems and fewer friends! We have more information but less knowledge, more choices but less wisdom, more divorces but less love. In a word we are being devoured by our lifestyle! Is it worth it?" (Rob Chaffert)

With all the toys surrounding us, do we really even have time to enjoy them? Is it any wonder that we are surrounded by stress? Is it possible we have lost our real purpose in life? We long for peace, but find it unattainable. We find ourselves estranged from our kids, our spouses, even from God! With the little bit of time that we have left, can we really savor a relationship with God? Or are we reading the Bible on the go, praying while falling asleep, and attending church while planning our upcoming week? The Bible states: “God has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”(Eccl 3:11 NIV). How true. Is it possible that we have turned the gifts of God into curses by letting our toys dominate us? Perhaps it's time to put away some of our toys and set aside time in prayer and in our Bibles. Better to be consumed by the Word than eaten by our toys.

We pray. Father, It is Your will that we do not lay up material treasures on earth for ourselves, where moth and rust can destroy and where thieves can break in and steal; but lay up treasures in heaven for ourselves, where neither moth nor rust can destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. Your word states that our lives do not consist in the abundance of the things we possess: therefore, we will beware of covetousness. Lord, we confess that life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Lord, help us to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness and all things will be added to us. Lord, we confess that we will not trust in uncertain riches but we will trust in You, the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. In Jesus Name! Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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