Swallow Me Up

Obsessed with God.

Picture sourced from CreationSwap, by Sharolyn Newington.

What do you love to binge on?

For me, when the work week feels like it’s never going to end, (though I’ve never had that feeling with my new job 🙂 ) all I think about is sitting on my couch all weekend. I just want to read books and watch my favorite TV shows and movies.

Don’t get me wrong—I like to get exercise and spend lots of time with friends. But when I’m really worn out, that chill-out time is what I crave. And a lot of it.

By the time Monday rolls around, I’m counting the hours till 5pm Friday again. And I don’t enjoy my week, because all I want to do is zone out with a good story…but people keep making me do stuff like go to work.

This is the point where I’ve tipped from ‘healthy enjoyable hobby’ to ‘unhealthy obsession’.

Lately God’s been teaching me that it’s not the people who have amazing big ministries that please Him most. It’s the ones that chase after Him, and those who honor Him by putting aside their own priorities and obeying Him. Even when He asks them to do seemingly insignificant things.

Recently I felt myself sliding toward that tipping point, but before I swan-dived over the edge I came across these verses:

 

“I am always with you;

You hold me by my right hand.

You guide me with your counsel,

And afterward you will take me into glory.

Whom have I in heaven but you?

And earth has nothing I desire besides you.

My flesh and my heart may fail,

But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Psalm 73:23-26 NIV

 

Awesome. When I read verses like this (and there’s a whole bunch of others like it), it helps me get God back in His rightful place.

And when He’s number one, I enjoy other things—like my hobbies—a heap more. It’s also much easier to stay content.

Another tactic I use to keep God right in front of my eyeballs is to make sure I think about Him. When most people are killing a spare minute playing Flappy Bird or Candy Crash, I’m usually plotting my novel or day-dreaming about a TV show. Every thought is filled with it.

Sometimes I intentionally push those thoughts aside for a minute so I can think about God. Purposely looking forward to the time I spend with Him helps me too.

You love what you think about.

You love what you look forward too.

And in this case, He loves me back far better than any book ever could.

 

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