13 February 2011

Gods of Comfort and Convenience

My church started a series on the 10 commandments. Can you name all of them?

One thing came to mind when we talked about the first one:

You shall have no other gods before me." Exodus 20:3

Evidently the phrase "before me" could mean 4 things.

1. in front of
2. beside, alongside
3. instead of
4. in the face of/ presence of

My pastor ran through a short list of things that can be before God, such as job, wife, children, money. I thought immediately of the two "gods" that I, and many other moms and wives, frequently put before God... comfort and convenience.

Usually I want to sleep in, or fall asleep, instead of get up and spend time- real, focused time- with God. Usually I want to stay comfy in bed when I do get up, or stay up, to spend time with him. Usually I give a big martyr sigh when I have to go into my daughter's bedroom to talk to her at night when she "should be asleep." Frequently I snap at small people when I have a request of some kind or another while I'm busy doing something else.

And the grief I give my husband when he doesn't give me his full attention! How can I complain about getting his partial attention when I give God my partial attention?! Thankfully God forgives us and he is waiting for us to return to him. That we would be so forgiving and patient for our families.

I'm honored that you would read New Mercy and I would love to hear from you through comments! Teresa (Tracy) Dear