2014-12-24 - Give Me a Sign
If you’ve spent any time at all shopping this holiday season, you may have noticed being bombarded with signs. Driving into any given shopping area, we not only see their business sign, but also those near the roadside with information on sales and times to find deals that each claim are the very best around, and exactly what we need to complete our holiday experience. We are then left with deciding what we are going to do about what we see.
I recalled thinking about when our kids first began to have choices about what they wanted to eat, do, or places to go - whether it was for normal leisure or maybe for their birthday parties. They sometimes became very frustrated with too many choices, and before having them, the thought of choosing what they wanted seemed like a "dream come true." Do you every feel like that as an adult now? Maybe having so many choices isn’t really all it was cracked up to be and perhaps there is something to be said for reducing our options. Our kids would sometimes say “there are so many choices; it is too hard Mom!” At times, we have to choose to disallow so many things to fill our mind. And part of growing up is realizing that choices can be very difficult - not just because there are so many, but also because of specific ones we have to make.
When we choose to walk with Christ, there are times when renewing our mind means walking away from things that we once would cling to. Or it means spending less time with people, or less time in places, that bring us back into the wrong state of mind to be our best for the Father. And as God wants the best for us, so should we also want that for ourselves. My mother would often tell us that “no one ever said it would be easy-” and she was right. But it’s always worth it. So when the world tries to give you more choices and vies for your attentions and affections, you can adopt the mindset of making decisions that will bring more joy and less frustration along the way. Here’s one you probably won’t see as a slogan for an ad campaign, too much: “less is more”.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.