I am excited to have my March Inspired Blogger, Rebekah of A Soft Gentle Voice, sharing her heart today. Her words are beautiful and draw me closer to Him. If you haven’t already met Rebekah, please stop by her beautiful blog and have a look.
We’re sitting around the table with heaping servings of homemade mac and cheese and a garden salad spilling over the porcelain white serving bowl. I just “banned” ketchup as the side dish because it contains one teaspoon of sugar for every tablespoon they squeeze out. It doesn’t go over very well and grumbles become the dominant table talk.
It’s been said that we have never consumed so much sugar and we’re addicted.
Tears start flowing from the youngest. The oldest says she wishes I’d quit reading about health stuff and all the labels. The son says he wants his ketchup. The husband raises his one eyebrow at me from across the table like a question mark at the health kick I might be on and swallows it all quietly just to keep the peace.
I suggest what about a thank you for supper, Mama and the point is duly taken.
A hush falls.
We’re sitting around the world wide web with heaping servings of homespun words and a whole buffet of blogs and social media. We stuff ourselves on opinions, other’s online lives, and open letters. Grumbles become the dominant table talk.
It’s been said that we have never consumed so much technology and we’re addicted.
We are so prone to compare. What we do is never good enough. Our words will never measure up. Our lives our pathetic and not at all Pinterest worthy. Our thoughts look pretty lame when they’ve been tweeted. We won’t even start on selfies—which happened to be the word of the year for 2013.
We wonder why we are weary. We fill up on things that were never meant to satisfy. We fix our eyes on the things seen and not unseen. We crave things to help us choke down the mundane.
We can listen to the inside voices and the ones outside vying for our attention or we can get serious about listening to the soft gentle voice of the One who speaks to us in His Word.
Is it time for a change at our tables?
The best our words can do is point to the Word. None other will satisfy. No other words drip sweet like honey and satisfy our hungry souls. No other words point so eloquently to the absolute holiness of God and His steadfast love and amazing grace.
How we need to cease comparing ourselves with each other and quit worrying about measuring up to words that will fade and rather feast on the Word?
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” (Luke 21:33)
We are spiritually helpless. Let’s hunger and thirst after the righteousness of Christ and we will be truly satisfied.
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Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)
Let’s not compare with one another, but care for one another. Let’s not use our words to boast in ourselves, but use our words to build one another up.
Technology isn’t going away in our lifetime, but we have a tremendous opportunity to use it to shine the light into a dark world.
And, while we’re at it, what about a thank you to our Father?
And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)
A quiet hush will be sure to follow.