Pure Hearts…

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God… Exodus 20:3-5.

Sometimes, God shows us things about ourselves that aren’t very pretty. And, what He has been showing me lately deals with idolatry. I cringe when I hear the word and my spirit says that I would never partake in it. But, idolatry is more than just literally bowing down to worship someone or something. It involves “worship” in the way of overcommitment of our time and spirit as well.

This past week, we came up to Illinois to help out my in-laws. They were supposed to have power turned back on by Tuesday, and we got here on Wednesday afternoon, fully expecting to have electric (and internet access so that I could visit the forums I design for and update my blog). However, that was not the case and we didn’t have electric and internet access until late Friday night/Saturday morning. I am ashamed to admit how upset I was at not being able to update my blog. Yes, this little online thing that has become a connection of sorts for me. I spent Wednesday being upset in anticipation, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to check in and post my planned blog update. And, that continued to wear on me all day on Thursday…just this little nagging frustration and worry at not being able to update or check in. Finally, on Friday I realized just how ridiculous I was being, and God really had to check me on that.

I have always prided myself on being very non-materialistic. I can go with the flow, regardless of what I have or don’t have. Even electricity and running water and other comforts that most of us take for granted, I have been fine without for a week or more at a time in various instances. And yet, here I was practically falling apart because I didn’t have internet access to update my blog. I am embarrassed to have felt that way.

And then came the real clincher. Am I this upset when I miss my daily Bible reading? Am I this upset when I miss my daily time with God? The sad answer that I had to admit to myself was no. And that’s when the subject of idolatry came up. The truth is in the old saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” I can deny it with my lips all I want, but my actions and feelings and heart portray things much more clearly as they really are.

Please know that I am NOT in any way saying that electric, or the internet, or blogging are wrong in and of themselves. We can do a lot of great things through this medium. However, the problem comes in how attached we become to this and other things. As Christians, the most important thing is God and serving Him, and after that other people. Everything else is just a bonus and we should treat it as such. Here is what Jesus said to Martha when she wanted her sister Mary to leave Jesus’ presence to help with household chores and preparation: “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42. I want to get back to a place in my life where my focus is truly on the “one thing” that is needed, and I am not worried and upset about the many things.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:20-21: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. I have never been a material person and my husband and I live simple lives, so I never really thought these verses applied to me much, but now I can see that it is about more than just material things. It is about how we spend our time and how much we invest in other things, especially in relation to how much we invest in God and His things.

My treasure should be in Him, and I shouldn’t be overly attached to anything of this world. I just pray that He will continue to reveal these things to me. The areas in my life when I subtley and unknowingly place other things above Him. I pray that He will continue to reveal these things to me and help me to fix them and weed them out of my life, so that my faith and my relationship with Him has room to grow.

I will still be blogging almost daily. I will just not be so attached to it that I get upset if I can’t access my blog for a couple of days.

Here is my layout for the day. I used a lot of Pink Paislee. I really love that collection, but it’s kind of girlie so I was excited to have another opportunity to use it :) Also, when I started this, I invited you all to join me on the journey, so if you have faithbooking projects that you are doing weekly, please feel free to link me up so I can check them out!

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Comments

  1. amy says

    we take a lot for granted; although, if our hearts are in the “right” place and our focus is on God with priorities in Him, i think we’re ok with the things He’s blessed us with in our lives… including internet access! :)

  2. Scrapper Mom says

    Exactly, Amy. I would never say or imply that the internet is bad, but if we value that or anything else above God then that is when we have a problem, and sometimes we don’t realize we are doing that until we closely examine our hearts and actions as I had to do :)

  3. BonnieRose says

    this is a wonderful post. I myself too am guilty of this. I can admit that. I blog daily too.. and my blog has become an extension of me personally. I will re read this post u wrote often. Thanks for being real.. loved it! hugs

  4. Blessed Ladybug says

    Pray for a transform mind in 2009…..Heard a sermon this saturday and sunday .. Saurdays was – Who’s in you ear and Sunday – It’s your Choice to choooooooooooooosssssssssssssssse GOD!

  5. happydays525 says

    What a fantastic post Crystal, so well said…thanks for sharing it with us! Love the layout too btw! =)

  6. Lisa T. Howard says

    Great post Crysal! This is something I’ve been contemplating myself! Thanks for sharing. Lovely layout, as always!

  7. Shelley says

    I have no issues with material things, but struggle with habits too! Thanks for giving me the right perspective this morning! I will try to get back on track faithbooking!

  8. Danielle says

    What a fantastic post. I love Jesus’ response to Martha. She was so worried about ‘entertaining’ that she forgot the true concept of worship. I think we struggle with these things because we are human. What a great way to start a Monday!Blessings~~~ Danielle

  9. melissac says

    Crystal–thank you so much for sharing this Monday (well actually every Monday. :-) ) I too struggle with being sure not to put more in to other things than I do my relationship with God. Time and how I spend it is something the Lord is currently working on with me!! I am so grateful to you for the words you take the time to write each week. Blessings adn Hugs! Melissa

  10. Chelsey says

    I love these faithbooking posts that you are doing. It is wonderful that we can use our hobby to reach others for Christ. I am in the process of creating my faithbook. i have a couple of faithbooking workshops coming up this summer and cant wait to see what the Lord does through the experience. Check out http://www.faithbooking.com for some neat ideas on “God’s 10 Fingerprints.”

  11. Jocelyn says

    Thank you Crystal for reminding us…..I felt that way the other day…that things that were not really important took over and my time with my faith was lacking and wow I better double check and prioritize and those things that I thought were so important were SIMPLY NOT!!!! Love the LO….beautiful just like you!!!! Happy Monday!!!

  12. Dria says

    Don’t sweat the small stuff :), enjoy life- computers can always wait. Terrific layout I really like the colors and multiple pics.

  13. scrappingnana says

    Great layout. And a great post. I enjoyed reading it and have to admit that I am guilty also, and have been thinking along the same lines. I pray that we all can draw closer to God. Thank you for such an inspirational post. I found your blog thought Scrap Scene

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