Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Love and Take God Seriously

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women.  It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously—     take God seriously.  Micah 6:8
The Message

Don’t take yourself too seriously – take God seriously.  You gotta love it!  If we as “aliens and strangers in this world” would just cling to that phrase we would be way ahead of the game.  We get so preoccupied with “stuff”.  Things that are important get shoved aside by the tyranny of the urgent.  This is particularly true in our instant access, instant gratification culture.  A couple who is in desperate need of quality time to build their relationship gets interrupted by the smart phone.  The desire to own something that is a non-essential, discretionary item gets purchased even though we are only able to pay the minimum against our monthly credit card bill.

There are very few situations that we face that God doesn’t address somewhere in His Word.  God’s lead foot, if you will, is love.  In God’s economy a cell phone would never trump a relationship and we would never buy something that we can’t afford to buy, particularly if it is a non-essential item.  Take God seriously.

Learning to laugh at yourself has to be one of the most cathartic things that one can do.  I had just had my first corporate transfer.  I was in a back office which adjoined that of my boss.  I came back from lunch and began to feel very drowsy and light headed and I must have put my head down on my arm which was resting on my desk.  The sound of the adjoining door opening must have startled me.  I’m sure my boss thought I was sleeping at my desk, though he never said anything.  After our conversation I went into a restroom to splash cold water on my face.  When I looked in the mirror I saw the imprint of my watch on my forehead.  I didn’t laugh just then but I have many times since.  Hardly a day goes by when something I do or say isn’t enough to have me committed to a home for the aged.

Let us not forget this phrase did not come from Micah, though he may have penned it, but from God who inspired it.

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