Tuesday, November 4, 2008

THE CHOICE IS OURS



“All we want in Christ, we shall find in Christ. If we want little, we shall find little. If we want much, we shall find much; but if, in utter helplessness, we cast our all on Christ, He will be to us the whole treasury of God.” — Henry Benjamin Whipple


In my life, I have found that I make time for the things that are important to me, the activities I enjoy most, and the people who are most important to me. The priorities in my life are given more time and attention. And, in most situations, the more time I invest, the greater the reward.


In a relationship, closeness is in direct proportion to the amount of time and attention given to the other person in that relationship.


If I ignore my husband, shut myself up with a book in another room, and cut myself off from his conversation, we will grow to be distant. But if I express joy at being home after a long day at work, if I talk to him about his day and mine, if I share any news I have and ask questions about what's going on in his life, then we are more likely to "stay in tune"..., "on the same page"..., closer because we share our lives with each other.


Sharing the good and the bad, the happy and the sad will all develop our relationship. If I want to have a close intimate marriage, then I have to be willing to open up, to make myself vulnerable, to be honest with him and to share more of myself with him than with any other.


If I apply this analogy to my time spent with the Lord, the results are the same. If I want closeness with the Lord, I have to "give" in order to "receive".


If I don't seek out “His company”, if I don’t desire a closeness, if I don’t take the time to learn who He is and what He thinks about the everyday details of life, that relationship with never grow to be one of deep sharing and intimacy. Instead, we will be "acquaintances" because I haven't devoted the time and energy through devotional time, quiet time, prayertime, Bible reading, and conversation with Him as I go through my day to be more.

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God wants to be the one to whom we all come with our joys, our heartaches, and all the details of our lives. He is always waiting ... just a breath away... to share the day with us and to give of Himself.

Are we satisfied with a casual relationship with the Lord... an hour on Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night? Or are we willing to spend time and share our life with Him on a day to day basis?

The choice is ours......

3 comments:

Special K said...

AMEN! Wonderful message here! Truthful!!!

I def have some room to grow in this area...remembering I get out what I put in...

Thank you for the reminder!

Love,
K

samantha said...

Enjoyed this, Mom! Thanks for sharing your heart!

Pine Pod Farm said...

Good post.

Amy