Right now, I am in the middle of studying for my finals, and I am looking forward to taking a long winter break. I am sure all of you are looking forward to finishing school for the semester too! What cool things do you hope to do during your break? I am looking forward to eating a bunch of yummy foods, spending time with my family, and seeing old friends.
As soon as break starts, it is easy to shut off your brain and never think about school. No more homework, no more tests, and no more projects. Maybe now you will watch TV, play with friends, or just sleep. While it is okay to enjoy entertainment, fun, and rest, it is also important to avoid being idle. What is "idle"? Well, being idle is when you are going about your day without a purpose, without a goal, without a reason, and without motivation.
In the same way, sometimes we can be "idle" in our spiritual life. In other words, when we do not have anything pushing us to grow in our spiritual life, it is easy to shut our brain and our heart to God. We stop thinking about Him, and we fill up that brain and heart space with other things--maybe TV, playing with friends, or sleep. Those things are what the Bible calls "idols." Even when we don't make a statue or an image, sometimes we create "idols" in our hearts that we value more than we value God. Has this happened to you? Can you remember a time when you just wanted to shut your brain off from thinking about God? Do you value something or someone more than you value God?
As a Christian, we are to love God first, love people second, and love ourselves last. The more we love God, the easier it is to love people and ourselves. If you find it hard to think about God, I would suggest reading the Bible every day because the Bible is God's Word. Even though we can't see Him directly, we can see and know Him through his Word that He gave us! Best gift ever!
Look! God's Word even shows us how we can think about God!
"I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will meditate on all your works
and consider all your mighty deeds.
Your ways, O God, are holy.
What god is so great as our God?"
If you are confused or unsure about what I said, you can ask me in person this Sunday (I'll be coming home Saturday) or email me.
Until next time,
P.S. Here's a fun phrase to help you remember what I just said: Being idle creates idols!