Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15

This verse has always made me uncomfortable.
It is very black and white, my innate desire to compromise is rejected here, every time. There is no room for discussion, if I love the things of the world, I am not glorifying my Father in Heaven.

I have a love of food, especially creating a meal to nourish and be enjoyed by my people.
I love pushing my body to the point of exhaustion, it makes me feel strong and capable, clearing my mind of all those intruding thoughts.

I love being pursued by my husband, it makes me feel beautiful and cared for.
Does this mean I love the world and the things of the world? I think that depends.
Do I cook a meal with the expectation to be praised? Am I counting on the food to fill the empty spaces within me?

Do I allow my body image to rule my actions and my thoughts? When I finish a long hard run, do I forget to thank Him for this body that He has given me?
When I feel alone and disconnected from my husband, do I wall up my heart, or do I continue to invite?

I believe the difference lies with my decision to include my Creator into each and every aspect of “the things of this world.”
He wants to bless me. This doesn’t mean He is concerned about my happiness, blessings come from our sanctification, our journey towards holiness.

Lord, please open the flood gates of Your blessings, I am ready to receive whatever they may bring.

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Wife, Mom to two young girls, Counselor, Cook, Athlete, and Follower of Jesus

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