Today is President’s Day. A day to remember and to appreciate.
Our family is bi-racial (Caucasian and Indian). Without great leaders in the past (such as Abraham Lincoln) our ability to be a family would be null and void. Impossible.
So, while we choose to celebrate today in gratitude for our “family” because of these leaders, we also have to be mindful of WHAT or WHO rules our lives.
-Rules (Moral, Spiritual, Ethical, Social)
-Substances (Drugs, Alcohol, Food, Etc…)
-Money (Gambling, Shopping, Stocks, Fashion, Make-Up, Hair, Etc…)
-Fame (Social Media, Books, Movies, TV, School, Work, Etc…)
-Emotions (Fear, Anxiety, Depression, Happiness, Etc…)
-Logic, School Smarts, Street Smarts
-Sex (Pornography, Masterbation, Prostitution, Friends with Benefits, One Night Stands, Etc…)
-Material Possessions (House, Car(s), Decor, Etc…)
-Constitution of the United States
-Power and Authority
-The Bible, The Koran, The Book of Mormon, Hindu Vedas, The Pali Canon, Etc…
-Firearms and Weapons
-Politics and Government
-President and Governmental Authorities
-Living Family Members (Parents, Grandparents, Etc…)
-Dead Family Members
-Reality Stars, Movie Stars, TV Stars, Musicians, Singers, Painters, Etc…)
-Strangers (Traffic/Road Rage, Store Clerk, Loud talkers at Theaters, Etc…)
We *unknowingly* give a ton of power to a lot of WHAT’S and a lot of WHO’S. In essence we do worship these things. We give them “worth”. We give them value and esteem.
These WHAT’S and WHO’S can help but they can also cause great confusion and harm.
The question is Lordship.
Are things and people worth worshiping?
Things and people will ALWAYS let you down.
Things only satisfy for a moment but always leave a bitter taste in your mouth. A craving for more but never feeling satisfied. Things change. Things waste away.
People always have their own agenda in their relationships. People are human and fail. People can use their power over us to promote themselves.
While it can be a great blessing to have people and things, it could actually lead to our downfall.
Personal Sharing About Things: I obsessed about food my whole life. Eating too much, eating too little. Being thin. Being fat. I would torture myself before eating and then torture myself some more after eating. I would hide food. I would binge. I would starve myself. I would use spiritual fasting as a time to hide my eating disorder. I would constantly look at myself in the mirror and inspect my body. My food became my idol.
Personal Sharing About People: So strongly desiring a husband and children led me to obsession, fear of not having, and anxiety. I was so driven to obtain these “humans” that I lost track of my first love. God. I craved having a family. And this became my idol. I worshiped my future family with my mind, my emotions, my time.
We all fall somewhere on the spectrum of obsession and idolatry.
However, the majority of the time, our biggest idol is…..OURSELF.
We all want our way, our will, all the time.
And once we crown ourself as King/Queen, others go by the wayside.
We treat other people as things.
We treat other people as stuff.
We treat other people as less than.
We abuse stuff. We abuse people.
Aren’t we seeing this in the lives of the rich and famous right now? Those who have used their power to lord themselves over others sexually?
The more selfish and god-like we become, the less God-like we become.
Jesus Christ gave us the best example of how to not let the WHAT’S or the WHO’S to become our lord. How not to worship those things. How to see others as equals. How to see others as valuable and loved. And yet, He never made Himself into a king on earth. He made Himself the least….the servant…the giver.
Jesus Christ always pointed others to the Father God. He took no self-pride. He took no crown. He took no glory. He gave it back to the Father.
So, are we living as Jesus? Loving the Father, and Loving Others?
Or are we mainly, just honestly, loving ourselves and not really loving others at all?
Romans 1:25 says: Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
John 4:23 says: But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
Isaiah 46:5 says: To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be alike?
God cannot compare to any human being (alive or dead).
God cannot compare to any made object.
I’m right there with you; learning this hard truth of selfishness and self-worship.
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