Do not say chocolate. For The Love, please do not say chocolate!
“Life is not made better because we overindulge in an unhealthy choice.” -Made To Crave Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst.
Well, isn’t that the truth?
Maybe food isn’t the craving you need to overcome. Maybe it’s that desire to spend even when there is no money to spend with. Or you long to win at a game you have no business playing. Perhaps you crave a drink to soothe, or a touch to heal broken places, or a feeling of excitement that’s long since gone. I get it. I do. My own path to greater dependence on God is littered not only with devil dog wrappers, but also with the remnants of desires fulfilled in altogether unholy ways.
And I am aware that the people God has placed in my life, whether lovers of Him or not, are watching me. They are watching to see what this faith in Him provides that will be of some comfort to them. Or if My God will bring them some measure of contentment that they do not yet have.
Am I living a life that exudes a dependence on and fulfillment by this God I claim to fiercely love? Does my satisfaction of those cravings demonstrate a dependence on Him at all?
This is not a journey with a definite ending of “Now, I’m finally walking in truth and light and will never need another lesson again.”. It is, however, one that will need constant reevaluating and course-correcting. I recognize that I’m going to need others with me as I go about attempting to do just that. Deeper dependence on God and less dependence on Other Things will require a strength I know I don’t often possess. It will ask me to mine places I don’t often want to go.
So, consider this an invitation. I’m inviting you into this place of need. This place where our need meets His desire to fill it. I need friends to hold me accountable, during. I need encouragement, throughout. I need to know I’m not alone on this journey.
So… what do you crave?
Would you join me? For the next six weeks, you’ll find me over here at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Online Bible Study as we work through “Made To Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst. I’ll be joining approximately 34,000 others determined to understand that life is only made better when we see the bounty that already exists in our daily lives. I’ll be tracking my progress by writing about it, here, each Thursday.
There is safety in numbers.
We are better together.
I need lots of wise counsel. God said so.
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