Thursday, December 13, 2012

For When You Feel Consumed

Prayer Cloud
Photo Credit: traqair57
What consumes you? When you wake up in the middle of the night, what's racing through your mind? 

Do you find yourself wondering...
  • How can I make more money?
  • What can I do to win a particular person's love and approval?
  • How can I grow my blog to increase my readership?
  • When will I be happy again?
  • Does my husband still love me?
  • How will we afford Christmas gifts for everyone?
  • What more can I do for my kids?
  • How can I get more people to like me?
  • What can I do to protect myself from getting hurt again?

It's natural to be concerned about any of these issues. Money, relationships, and influence: In the world's eyes, they are vital to success.

But when our self-worth is tied up in anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ then we set ourselves up for a world of hurt and disappointment because...

People will fail us. 
Money will never breed contentment. 
Happiness is fleeting.
Popularity is meaningless. 

When we try to measure up to the world's standards for success, we will fail in some way every time:
We may have more friends but not the right ones. 
We may have happiness but not true joy. 
We may be a person of great influence but at the cost of our own family. 
We may have great riches but lose Christ.

But when we put our faith in Jesus, when we devote every ounce of our being to Him, surrendering our entire lives to His will, we will have all we ever need.  

"For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is head over every power and authority."

Colossians 2:9-10
Our self-worth needs only to be wrapped up in Jesus Christ, not money, not people, not personal achievements, not influence, not possessions. In Christ alone are we complete.
What keeps you up at night? What consumes YOU?

Take peace in knowing that Jesus Christ provides EVERYTHING we need. 


Praying God's richest blessings of peace & joy for you,

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  1. Thank you! I love the song "In Christ Alone" and it put things back into proper focus for me.
    I appreciate your blog. Thank you for encouraging me today.

    1. Sarah, thank you for your sweet comment. It encouraged ME today!

      Blessings to you,