“When my daughter was a toddler, I used to take her to a park not far from our apartment. One day as she was playing in a sandbox, an ice-cream salesman approached us. I purchased her a treat, and when I turned to give it to her, I saw her mouth was full of sand. Where I had intended to put a delicacy, she had put dirt.
Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was she any less of my daughter with dirt in her mouth? Of course not. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her mouth? No way. I loved her right where she was, but I refused to leave her there. I carried her over to the water fountain and washed out her mouth. Why? Because I love her.
God does the same for us. He holds us over the fountain. “Spit out the dirt, honey,” our Father urges. “I’ve got something better for you.” And so he cleanses us of filth; immorality, dishonesty, prejudice, bitterness, greed. We don’t enjoy the cleansing; sometimes we even opt for the dirt over the ice cream. “I can eat dirt if I want to!” we pout and proclaim. Which is true—we can. But if we do, the loss is ours. God has a better offer.”
― Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus
I came across this text today and it got me thinking….
How many times do we choose immorality instead of morality?
How many times we choose dishonesty instead of honesty?
How many times we choose prejudice instead of fairness?
How many times we choose bitterness instead of sweetness?
How many times we choose greed instead of apathy?
How many times we choose to trust ourselves instead of trusting God?
Yes… many times we choose the “dirt” instead of cleanliness.
The choice is always ours. But please remember, God has a better offer for us. Better than anything we could ever imagine! All we have to do is trust Him!
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.”
“He sees the perils that are in our path that we cannot see. He speaks to us in mercy and grace and He builds us up to meet the dangers and be prepared to receive the things we could not wisely use today. There are many things which we can employ tomorrow that we cannot wisely use today.”
Dear Lord, today I just want to thank You for all Your blessings, Your faithfulness and Your love. Thank You for everything you’ve done, for the things unseen and seen. Thank You for paying the price for my sin, restoring my faith and transforming my life. Thank you Lord God!
“To Know Your Name”
“The precious blood of Jesus Christ redeems Forgiven I’m alive, restored set free Your Majesty resides inside of me Forever I believe, forever I believeArrested by your truth and righteousness
Your grace has overwhelmed my brokenness
Convicted by your spirit, led by your word
Your love will never fail, your love will never fail
‘Cause I know you gave the world
Your only son for us
To know your name
To live within the saviour’s love and He took my place
Knowing He’d be crucified
And You loved, You loved
A people undeserving!”