Don’t let the commercials distract you

Pr. 28:6:  “Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.”

Not having cable, I rarely see commercials.  Yesterday I watched, in amazement, a commercial about fingernail polish.  It started with flirting and ended with 2 people in bed together.  For some fingernail polish.  Really!?

I am not trying to write a bitter diatribe about our society, but it saddens me when I see things like this.  Sin has a mighty grip on our world.  Sin would have us believe that life is all about ourselves, popularity, status, fame, success, sex, and sexiness.

Millions of dollars are spent daily on indulgences, advertisements, and commercials telling us how our lives should be.  Meanwhile, there are people dying every second from hunger.  Christians are dying and being persecuted for the Word of God.  Young girls are enslaved in human trafficking.  Babies are being killed.  People are dying from the lack of the simplest of the medical care.  There are still some who do not know the Lord as their Savior.

There is a work for us to do here on this earth, and I can assure you that it has nothing to do with wearing the sexiest fingernail polish or clothes, having the sexiest body, having the most impressive position at a company, having the most partners or experiences in bed, or having the most socially acceptable friends.

Integrity, a servant’s heart, modesty, humility, contentedness, purity, generosity, and honesty are still better.  God created us for a purpose.  I don’t care what this sin-cursed, sexy-fingernail-polish-wearing world says, God’s will and plans are still what are most important.

We still have work to do.  We don’t have time to allow the commercials and distractions of sin, temptation, or possessions to keep us from that work.  We must choose God, choose integrity, and choose to stay focused on the work for which we were created.  We may not be able to save the entire world in 1 day, but we can start with 1 person in 1 moment, and change a life.

We have to regain our focus on what is truly important.  That starving child does NOT care what kind of lipstick, suit, or shoes we are wearing.  The young girl enslaved in sexual trafficking is not worried about your fingernail polish.  The lady dying from a curable parasite is not interested in which Christmas dishes or tablet you’re picking out.  Those things are distractions and they do not matter.

There are people trapped in sin and others who have never even heard of the Lord.  We must reach out and show the love of Jesus and share about His sacrifice and forgiveness now.  It doesn’t matter what our position or status in society, God can use us to save people’s souls.

We must come to our senses.  We have a job to do, and people are counting on us!

Thank you for indulging me,

jamie

 

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The trouble with treasure

Pr. 15:16:  “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble.”

Above all, I want to grow a healthy fear of the Lord within my children.  In order to do that, my husband and I must first demonstrate that same fear.  We want to please our Father and show respect to our Savior.  We want our lives to point others to Christ, and not to distract from Him.  It’s not about being perfect.  It’s about loving the Lord our God with all our souls, with all our strengths, and with all our minds.  With all He does and has done for us, showing Him respect is a small price to pay.

The more we study and respect His word, the more I hope we become like Him.  Becoming more like Him, certainly makes us less like the world, and makes us more uncomfortable with the things that seem to be the norm to society.  Our world is more and more about pleasure, abundance, money, and sex; much like in the days of Noah, I imagine.

Shopping for clothing for my 9-year-old daughter proves it, as I am faced with the challenge looking through a sea of “sexy” clothing to try to find ones that are modest enough to be appropriate for a 9-year-old daughter of God.  I would rather my daughter have 4 outfits that reflect our fear of the Lord, than for her to have a closet full of inappropriate, sexy outfits that reflect a fear of man.

It may be challenging to find appropriate clothing, but it is worth the trouble.  While clothing is a great treasure in our society, I understand the trouble that can come from my daughter dressing in a sexy manner.  Not only could it bring unwanted attention, but she could begin to enjoy that attention.  She could discover that looking sexy gives her much pleasure, and gets her things she wants.  The pleasure that it would bring is not a godly type of pleasure.  Her dressing sexy could begin her on a path of thinking that her strength lies within herself, instead of within her Sustainer.

Dressing sexy could cause her to begin worshiping the flesh instead of the One who created all flesh.  Lust could take over in her mind, and bind her to a sinful lifestyle.  She could begin to be judgmental to others who don’t dress or behave like her, or to those who don’t have the same attributes or clothing she has.  Her sexy outfits could cause another to lust after her, thus hindering their relationship with God and possibly sending them on a path towards sin and death.  I could go on, but you get the point.

Maybe it just seems like a harmless tank top, or sundress to some, but to those who fear the Lord, the list of troubles it could bring seems endless.  We don’t need to have what the world has, or do what the world does.  The fear of the Lord is the is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge.  We need to focus on imitating the only One worth imitating…not this world or our society.  We are strangers here.  We are supposed to be different.

It would be better for us to have only 4 outfits, 1 mode of transportation, and a house bare of all furniture, with fear of the Lord, than to have abundance, pleasure, and gain and not know the only One that offers salvation.  True treasure lies in our relationship with Him!

Seeking eternal treasure,

jamie

From where does your confidence come?

Pr. 3:26:  “For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.”
How do we keep our foot from being caught in sin?
How do we keep our foot from being caught in the net of inferiority or the chains of society’s focus?  (i.e. looking younger, having the latest fashions, being sexy, being 1 perfect body type, being the most educated or monetarily successful, etc.)
How do we keep our foot from being caught in tolerance to the point that we no longer speak God’s truth?
How do we keep our foot from being caught in depression or oppression?
The answer:  The Word.
It can be easy to let these things muddy our minds; however, the Word of the Lord is a light that shines in dark places.  If we know the Word, then we know God, for He is the Word.  We must stay in the Word and daily gain the confidence that is of the Lord.  He will protect us, guide us, equip us, and build us up.  If we know the Word then no outside source can turn us from the truth.
Happy Reading!
jamie