It's hard to recognize a good deal unless you know what is good. Do you see the skillet? It's a West Bend liquid core electric skillet. I think it is over $200.00 retail. On ebay, right now, it is running $129.00.
And I just picked one up at a garage sale for $3.00. Just another plug in skillet, right? Yes and no. Yes, it is an MLM product, a good one, as far as I can tell. And it is a very pricey one at that.
It reminds me of something. So many people of this life are passing by all the good deals of this life in exchange for the drivel at high prices. And I'm not talking about cookery, clothing, and an outdoor campfire device. I'm talking about appreciation of the Lord Jesus and all the fullness of the deity dwelling bodily.
How often do we forget what to buy because we never were trained to look for it in the first place? We had no idea it was of a high value, until it was too late.
I am officially in what people would term as "middle life". Statistically, people live beyond my age just as long as they have lived. Now, if I die tomorrow, that will throw things off a tad, for me. But no one can take away the fact that I've arrived this far. And I'm here to say that I'd like to draw a line in the sand.
That side over there is where I came from, and this side over here is where I am going.
The side that I came from is quick to forget eternity, the Lord, my focus and my real meaning in this life. It wants to be appreciated for something as lame as having an organized home, finding a bargain, cooking a good meal or telling a funny story.
The side where I am going?
I would like to make an effort, starting today, to let those who are experts in drivel, deal with it. And I, I would like to be on the other side of the line and stop the madness of being in expert in nothing in particular for no other reason than to say that I was.
And I'm not even sure how I am going to get there. But I'm not staying here.
Here is where I was, not where I am going.
Yes, having an organized home, a good meal and a funny story are the things that make this life more palatable. They lull us into a full tummy happiness, filled with the aroma of baked apple pie and the sounds of crackling fire.
But what do they do for us, eternally?
If I can organize shoes for Jesus, I will do it. If I can give out a recipe for the glory of God, fine. But if this is one big pathetic display of my narcisistic egrandisement, I think it needs to stop.
At the end of my days, will my Lord say, "I see that you have had your reward in full.
So, you have no need for my approval. Your blog is your idol, isn't it?"
And so with that happy thought, I am taking a break to pray. I will either find a way to use this for God's glory, or I will be done.
In one week, I will be back, and I will tell you what the Lord has been telling me.
I will return with either 1) a blog with a fresh focus on the Lord Jesus, that gives him the glory or 2) an interesting set of archives and some wonderful friends.
But no more idols.