It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s Lowe’s, Walmart, or Amazon, the shopping self-talk is the same: keep the main thing the main thing. Otherwise, of course, the “cart” will eventually kill the bank account. On one level, who can keep from being distracted by the cool riding mowers outside Lowe’s? That’s why they are there, isn’t it? Thinking I’ll be safe once inside the store, I am faced with so many things I didn’t realize I needed, and which I suddenly can hardly imagine life without. The riding mower distracts; the grills inside dilute. What did I come here for? Oh yeah, light bulbs… In the life of believing… there is a difference in a believer and a disciple. A disciple follows the One who is teaching them. Discipleship is much more than one trip to an altar, one prayer, and a quick dip.
Have you ever found yourself in a difficult time and felt like you had nowhere to turn… no answers… no help? You may even start to doubt the God you’ve always trusted…. And if He really does care… why are you enduring this sense of hopelessness?
1 Peter 1:3-5 (The Message): “What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.” Rubem A. Alves: “Hope is hearing the melody of the future. Faith is to dance to it.”