produce shallow fruit.
I am admittedly a Lewis fan. As in Charles Staples. He once said, ” One of the dangers of having a lot of money is that you may be quite satisfied with the kinds of happiness money can give, and so fail to realize your need for God. If everything seems to come simply by signing checks, you may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.”
His step-son, Douglas Gresham, once wrote of him, ” No tramp or beggar would be turned away empty-handed…”
If we as a collective society deeply believed we were “at every moment totally dependent on God” things would be in America how they are right now. Tozer grieved for his generation and I find myself wondering how much worse we can get. So I pray. And pray. Until my dying breath I will believe God can and is moving in this nation.
I’m convinced accomplishments are the 21st Century proverbial fig leaves with which we cover ourselves to mask our frailty. Which is exactly why we need Jesus. That’s why writing is so powerful to me. We can create for the pure joy of it, not to declare our value. We already have all the validation we will ever need from the One Who created us in the first place.
Proverbs 16.2 says, ‘all the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes [and he may see nothing wrong with his actions…” God however views it differently. Motive is everything. The world says you should live to get, and hold on to it when you do. God says to hold all things loosely because He gave them and they are His to give away to those in need. The world tells us the meaning of life is found in fame and fortune. God tells us we are nothing without Him but with Him we have everything. The world says we need the latest —– [fill in the blank] and then we will be satisfied. God says eternal things are were true worth is found.
Make a name for yourself and show your worth to others who don’t know, and don’t care? I’d rather go with the idea that my Creator is with me wherever I am, in whatever I go through. He’s right there working it out for my good.
There is nothing quite so liberating as being convinced that the only opinion I care about is the One Who gave His life for me. The very least I can do is give my life for Him.
Kari, the completely convinced
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