Always Learning

If only we could objectively view our lives as the Lord sees us, we would see that we are constantly changing. Our values shift because of those we expose ourselves to daily, whether in person or social media or in movies. They affect our walk with Christ for good or for evil. That is why the Lord cautioned His people. “Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:12-14).

Those influences affect what we love and hate, revealing a great deal about what sort of person we are and will become. Normally, we embrace what we love and shun what we hate. However, life is not absolutes, but continuous shades of gray between two extremes. Isn’t that where the challenge begins? “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth” (Psalms 11:5).

I plead with you—be like Paul and others we look up to. Spend your time on what edifies and builds you and others (including your children) up in Christ. Make serving Him the joy of your life. When you do, you will have no need of a TV and movies (big smile). 

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not” (1 Corinthians 10:23).