Sunday Scriptures — Turning Our Hardhips Into an Idol

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

In a recent blog post my writer-friend, Vonda Skelton, had an interesting insight into one of the things we might turn into an idol…our hardships. Turning our hardships into idols was something I’d not thought about in the way she expressed it.

Vonda said, “Sometimes we put our hardships of life on a pedestal, visiting and revisiting it often, making sure we hold it up high for all to see.”

But that’s not what God’s word tells us to do, is it?

The very first law in the Ten Commandments tells us not to allow anything to come before God. We have our list of things we think could be turned into idols, but is the idol of hardship and suffering one of them?

As I thought about what Vonda wrote, I realized how very easy it is to let our physical problems, relationship problems, financial problems, career problems, fill-in-your-own- problem, become idols.

Something we hold up before others to show how much we endure. Something to show how brave it is of us to soldier on. Something to show how much we suffer.

I’d like to say this isn’t an area I struggle with, but that wouldn’t be the truth. This is an area I struggle with, and something very easy for me to fall into. Especially when I feel no one understands, or appreciates the effort.  (There I go again…;) )

“If you only knew what I go through…”

“You have no idea…”

“Well…let me tell you…”

Something I find works is simply sighing rather deeply in a pitiful way. If it doesn’t work the first time, I sigh louder with more emphasis. After that, Pilot will usually ask, “You okay over there?”

To which I’ll reply, “I need attention.”

How about you? Is turning your suffering into an idol an area of concern with which you deal?

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Joshua said, “You have heard yourselves say that you will worship and obey the Lord. Isn’t that true?”

“Yes, it’s true,” they answered.

Joshua said, “But you still have some idols, like those the other nations worship. Get rid of your idols! You must decide once and for all that you really want to obey the Lord God of Israel.”

The people said, “The Lord is our God, and we will worship and obey only him.”  Joshua 24:22-24 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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We Are the Light of the World

In a recent blog post, my writer-friend, Vonda Skelton, wrote about a book she read. Roaring Lambs, by Bob Briner. In this book, Vonda says Briner challenges Christians to get out into the world to be the salt and light Jesus told us we are.

I remember learning the children’s song, This Little Light of Mine. I especially liked the part where we sang, “Won’t let Satan blow it out”. That line was a favorite, right up there with the line in I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy where we sang, “If the Devil doesn’t like it, he can sit on a tack. OUCH! Sit on a tack…”

How many times though, have I allowed Satan to pphhfftt out my light, or steal my joy? Way too many. That’s for sure. Because allowing him even one small victory is one too many. After all, we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ. I need to constantly keep those two children’s songs in my heart and sing them out. Especially the tack part.

So how do we become the salt and the light to a world desperate to know the Truth? Step outside the comfort of our church buildings, and step into the world of the hurting for one thing. Be willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus to someone who doesn’t know him yet, for another.

We can’t be salt to the world if we stay inside our salt shakers. We can’t be light to the world if we stay hidden.

So what are you doing to salt and light your world? This little light of mine. I’m gonna’ let it shine…

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Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16 (MSG)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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