WOW. I just read this post over at Our Apples Of Gold and was totally convicted. In a big way. Especially the part about what your kids fall asleep hearing. Mostly b/c I can’t tell you how many times that has happened in our house, the kids falling asleep to the sound of whatever we are watching on tv. While I don’t watch violent movies, Jake does, after the kids go to bed. But they can still hear it. Now, the whole post wasn’t about this at all. The whole post was about idolatry, but that part really stuck out to me. And several others. 😯
At first I thought it was a tad legalistic, but by the time I got to the end of it, I was really feeling convicted. We really need to challenge ourselves to see with godly eyes, and not try to justify things in our life. That is SO EASY to do. One I hear a lot is just what I said up there, “oh that sounds legalistic.” I struggle so much with that term, I hate it. Yes there is legalism in religion. In RELIGION. Not in a relationship with God. I feel that your relationship with God will determine what you find as legalistic. People think I teeter on the side of legalistic. My husband and I have this discussion a lot. He is more liberal than I am on some issues. I am more……. “legalistic” according to him. Some say I am black and white. (Hi T! LYS! ) That’s okay with me. I feel that God is black and white. I really do. I feel that there is clear right and wrong. In everything. It may not be easy to choose right, but it is clear according to God’s word. Actually, choosing the right thing to do is hardly ever easy. But I think that is where our love for Christ comes into play. That same love bridges the gap between those of us who disagree….believer and non believer alike.
Before I got married, I had a wandering eye. I was “boy crazy” my mother would say. I had a hard time not smiling at any cute guy that breathed. My thoughts were constantly on, “how do I look?” or “am I pleasing to EVERY EYE in the place?” Granted, a lot of that stems from other areas, but my point is that, when I got married, my love for Jake changed my perspective. “How do I look to him? Am I pleasing to his eye?” Now don’t get me wrong, I still like to look good. But Jake is ultimately on my mind. Except for when he says “just hurry up you look fine” as he yells down the hall while he is literally walking out the door. 😉 😆 Another thing that changed, I was less concerned with what other men thought of me. And I wasn’t trying to please them. It is easy for me to choose something that blesses my relationship with Jake. I do not smile flirtatiously at other men like I did before I was married. I save that for Jake. I guard my marriage, my relationship with him, by choosing right. Because I love him. And because He loves me. And because to do otherwise would be a sin against our relationship.
It’s the same with God. I love him. He loves me. And to do anything other than put Him first in my life, would be a sin against our relationship.
That’s all. I just felt like rambling a bit and that post got me going. haha! I wasn’t even going to post tonight…..I need to do our bills. *sigh* I loathe bills.
Have a good weekend!! We’ll be busy buying a truck (hopefully…..also a long story) and getting things ready for the movers next week. Pray for my sanity!!! haha!! 😆