They say that you can see what your idols are by looking at where you spend your time, thoughts, and money. I'm learning that my roots are often plugged into my idols rather than Truth. What are your roots plugged into? I've been catching myself saying, "I don't want to grow my roots here in Quakertown, or in PA, or in the USA! (insert adult temper tantrum picture here). I want to grow my roots in Madagascar!"
So this week I've been looking at my roots and what they are plugged into, from the little to the large. Any time I find myself irritated because my expectations aren't met I find a root planted in an earthly THING, whether it be time, money,
ice cream (ever get irritated when you can't have the thing to eat that you've been looking forward to all day or is it just me?).
My roots need to be planted in Truth, a firm foundation that will never die. The only thing that will never fade away my friends is the WORD of God.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1 Peter 1:24-25a For, all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the WORD of the Lord endures forever.'"
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my WORD will never pass away.
And so it is that Jesus is teaching me another hard lesson. My roots, ALL OF THEM, from the largest to the smallest NEED to be planted IN Christ, NOT a thing, not a place, not a dream, for ALL those things will wither away and perish.
Colossians 2:6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives IN him, ROOTED and built up IN him, strengthened IN the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
So, I challenge you today....make a list (for some reason I find this more compelling. When you actually SEE all the things your roots are planted in it's very humbling). Maybe for you it's your favorite hobby (exercising, knitting, hunting, music), maybe it's your work, for some it might be their relationships (children, spouse/wanting a spouse, friends), maybe it's an addiction, maybe it's your "rights". My list (though not complete for it would take up a LOT of space) is below, starting at the smallest going to the largest.....for even small roots grow large eventually, so they also need to be plucked and redirected back INto The Word so they get their thirst met by "LIVING WATER". Let's start the process now. Help us Jesus.
Hebrews 1:1-2a Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
1. Turkey Hill mint chocolate chip ice cream
2. alone time
3. getting my expectations met (do it my way, do it now)
4. friend time with no children
5. dates with my husband