I’d never intentionally do anything dishonest. I want more than anything to live the way God intends me to. But I’ve realised lately that I cheat, and I steal.
Not from other people. Of course not. I cheat and steal from God. I don’t want to. I don’t mean to. But I do, every single day.
I do it when I waste the time He gives me, on pointless activities. Computer games and online shopping and Pinterest, I’m looking at you! “But I need this to relax,” doesn’t cut it.
I do this when I waste the money He gives me, spending more than I should buying stuff I don’t need. I think I’m frugal. I’m the queen of eBaying and thrifting. But all those, “It only cost me a few dollars!” purchases add up.
I do it when I don’t take care of the body He gave me, comfort eating cake and chocolate and bread instead. Sure, it tastes good, and that sugar buzz feels good while it lasts, but….
Jesus tells a story about a rich businessman whose manager cheated him. The people who hear the story show they think the dishonest guy was clever. Then Jesus gives it a twist. “No! Unless you are honest in small matters, you won’t be in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?”
God lovingly gives me everything I have. Time, money, abilities.
He doesn’t want me to waste anything. He wants me to use everything I have wisely, for Him. He wants me to remember that every second of my life is His. He wants me to joyfully accept the blessings he gives me, and to be a good honest manager of what He’s provided.
That’s being honest in the small things. That’s the way to find the fullness of life He intends us to have. That’s the way He’ll see I’m trustworthy to be given even more.
God wants me to turn to Him for comfort, instead of seeking comfort through retail therapy or eating. His comfort is always so much better than the things I try to replace it with!
I hope I learn that lesson soon!
With every book, the lessons my story characters need to learn are the exact same lessons I need to learn. My next release, due in late September, is no different.
In Love in Store book 5, Teapots & Tiaras, shopaholic Anita needs to learn that God’s gifts are more than material things, and seek comfort and worth in Him, not food and clothes and shoes. And driven medical missionary Matthew needs to discover the opposite lesson, that God wants us to accept His gifts, rather than joylessly refusing what He offers us out of a wrong sense of duty. They both need to learn that they’ve been cheating and stealing from God, when He has something far bigger and better planned for them.
I can’t wait to give this mismatched pair their happy-ever-after, and learn those lessons for myself along with them!
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