Posts Tagged With: soul

get rich in Him.

Have you ever read a passage of scripture in the Bible and  interpreted it a certain way? All this time you thought you were correct in your understanding on that scripture but it turns out maybe you didn’t see it as clearly as you thought? I can say I thought I understood the story in Matthew 19:16-22.

A rich young man came to Jesus and asked the question, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus goes on to tell the man he must keep the commandments. The young man replied that he has kept all these commandments, but he still feels empty and unhappy inside. What else must he do?

Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then, come, follow me.” But when the young man heard this he went away very sad, for he had many possessions. ~Matthew 19:21-22 NLT

After reading this text many times I have always felt Jesus wasn’t just talking to this young rich man; He was talking to the “every man”. He was saying that these earthly possessions that you love and worship will bring you nothing. You can’t take it with you; and it will not gain you favor in heaven. So, letting go of your desire for money and following Jesus is the only why to have a fulfilling life, and ultimately enter the kingdom of heaven.

But, is there more than one way to interpret this scripture? Could it be that I didn’t see the full picture?

I was listening to K-Love(fm) on the way home from work the other night. They are airing a series called “Made to Crave”. To kick off this series of mini-sermons, Lysa TerKeurst was talking about this very scripture. It was an “Aha moment” right there in the middle of rush-hour traffic. The young man’s vice was money or possessions. Jesus saw right through him and called him out on it. Jesus could see through to the young man’s soul. Jesus knew the young man’s weakness. (He knows all of our weaknesses too, you know.) The man’s riches made him weak…and unhappy. The man was putting his trust in his money instead of putting his trust in God.

Every man/woman is born an idolizer. Everyone has a vice, a hang-up, an obsession. Food. Sex. Pornography. Gambling. Fame. Power. Jealousy. Anger. Whatever the vice, the message still applies. Give up what does not make you happy. Give up what doesn’t make you whole. Give up what makes you weak. Give up what is bankrupting your soul. Give it up to Jesus. Give it all to Him.

Let go of YOUR vice and follow Him and you will be truly rich. Big aha.

So, what’s your vice? What is stopping you from following Jesus?

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You can read more about this series on K-Love’s blog here. Made to Crave by Lysa is here. I highly recommend it. To nourish  your soul.

Related scripture: Luke 9:22-34

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forget resolutions…instead focus on ONE LITTLE WORD

I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. All too often we make a resolution of kicking our caffeine habit…losing weight…eating less junk food…or whatever. We do alright at first. Maybe even last a few months but by March we fall back into our old habits again. I like the idea instead of picking one little word for the year and allowing that to be my focus.

Resolutions are too vague. I’ve read that one-third of us who make a “resolution” for the new year dump it within 2 weeks and 50% of the rest say “forget about it” within 2 months. Besides, you can start a diet any day of the week, or any time of the year. For 3 years now I have chosen “one word” rather than make a resolution.

The idea behind the one little word concept is to give yourself something to focus on throughout the year…”A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.”

This concept is totally from Ali Edwards. I have found this works much better for me than resolutions.

In 2009 my one word was “be”, as in “just be in the moment.” I struggled with being in the moment at first. It had to be a conscious decision and I still remind myself of it today. It’s not a trait that comes naturally to me.

In 2010 my one word was “faith”. I think I did pretty well with that this year. I renewed my faith and continued reading the Bible. I still have many more Books to read but “it’s the journey, not the destination” or “it’s a long road, but the reward is great.” However you want to look at it, I will still be working on faith throughout my life.

For 2011 my one word is “nourish”. I originally chose “health” as my one word. I had a bit of a health scare this past month and that word is definitely on my mind right now as I go for more follow-up exams at the doctor office. Low Thyroid and  “Disordered Prolifertive Endometrium” (or I like to say: a dysfunctional uterus). Both are something that must be dealt with but are manageable.

“Health” became too vague of a word. For me, it’s more than that, it’s being more mindful of what we, as a family, are putting into our bodies, minds and souls. Yes, I am dragging my family into this too. Some of them are kicking and screaming. So, I thought a lot about it and came up with “nourish” as my word. It encompasses my whole feeling of what I want this upcoming year to be. For my mind. For my body. For my soul.

I have been reading more about “whole eating” or natural eating. A blog I really like is 100 Days of Real Food. The challenge is to eat only “real” food. No prepackaged meals. No junk food. No soft drinks. No fast food or take out, unless you know what is in it, which let’s be honest…how can you really know? Fast food restaurants bill their food as “healthy” when it has more fat and calories than their cheeseburger meal. Tough. Anyway, I am not interested in being extreme about eating, I just want to be more mindful. I don’t want to be a dictator about food, especially with my girls. I want to make smarter choices for each meal. And I want my children (and hubby) to grow up to be more mindful of food. Eat to live, ya know. Another part of the goal is to start practicing yoga again. It’s good for the body, as well as the mind. And of course, continue to feed our spiritual souls.

So, what’s your “one little word” for 2011? What do you want to accomplish or focus on in the coming year? I challenge you to create something, anything that will help you focus on your word in the coming year. Maybe I should post my word on the fridge…

Flourishes on the above “nourish” sign from http://www.designsbyanita.blogspot.com

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