Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood: Coffee, Tea or Me?

I heard one of the strangest sayings the other day.

Instant coffee, instant tea, instant love for you and me.

I think the person who was using it was trying to say that the world is full of bratty children who only understand instant gratification.  True enough.

But wait a minute...I don't think it's just the "kids today."   Where am I seeking my happiness?  Satisfaction?  Joy?

"Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory."  Col. 3:1-4

Sometimes living with this eternal perspective is elusive.  I just lose focus.  I start trying to solve problems the world's way.  I become the crazy checklist queen.  I get so busy I don't pray or study...I don't look on little things with an eternal perspective...and then so quickly I'm unhappy, discontent, and frazzled. 

I talk a lot but don't act a lot.  Today...although there are LOTS of legitimate things on this queen's checklist...I'm going to s l o w d o w n....read the Scripture planted about my home.  Meditate on it while I scrub the potties.  I'm going to focus on my children...my precious gifts from God...and lovingly teach them to live for God's glory at the grocery store.

This isn't instant gratification...the sanctification process takes discipline and hard work...but there is instant LOVE for you and me.  John 3:16...

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."


Shanda said...

It is all about perseverance and running towards the goal: not becoming weary. In a world of instant gratification, this can be so hard.

Amy Sullivan said...

Battling the idea of instant gratification in a world where everything is so instant. That's a tough one. If it takes a page more than three seconds to load, I'm prepared to quickly click away. Sigh. I need some work there for sure!

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

I can be a checklist girl, too. Reading 1000 Gifts has helped remind me to enjoy the moment!

And that instant love available to us? Incredible, isn't it?

Jen said...

I love how you can put things in perspective so quickly, Bobbi. Can I tell you how much better my life would have been the past 3 days if I had picked up my Bible first? YOu have hit the nail on the head!

Jen said...

Oh and I love the new design!


Enjoy the slow intentional moments . . . after you eat those yummy donuts.