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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Lalalalalala. Idolatry.

Okay, God, I get it. Really, I do.

In my last post, I briefly mentioned doubts about my ability to write my nonfiction books. MY ABILITY.

So then, I started reading Mary DeMuth's blog with her thoughts on Idolatry. Which is something that's been on my mind lately, because everything God has been saying to me follows the following format: lalalalalalalalala. Idolatry. Lalalalalalalalala. Idolatry.

Where is my focus in NOT writing these books? Me. Who told me to write these books? Him.

What god am I putting before Him? Me.

Lalalalala. Idolatry.

And yes, for those of you who know the silly questions and challenges I like giving God, last night, He and I did have a discussion about Idolatry, and yes, I did say, "Lord, please reveal to me idols in my life I need to destroy." Does He show me some weird lucky rabbit's foot I forgot about? No. Does He show me some bizarre shrine I need to take down? No. He sticks a big fat mirror in front of my face and says, "Hey, baby, there's your idol."

Now, Josiah, who is my absolute most favoritest person in the Bible (besides God), tore down all the idols. He thoroughly destroyed each and every one of them. How does one destroy the idol of self? The idols of society? The intangible things that we all bow down to in one form or another and take our focus off of God?

Honestly, I don't know. As I often say, especially to my friends who find encouragement in my words, I don't have it all figured out. Obviously. But here is the commitment I am making. This is the year of the destruction of my idols. I don't know what that means or what it looks like. I do know that on Sunday, I am taking a Sabbath day, and making it holy. On that day, I am taking my idols, whatever they may be, and I am burning them.

Please pray for me. Pray that God will reveal to me the idols that need to be destroyed in my life, and the proper way to honor Him in doing so. I also encourage you to think about your own idols. Maybe God isn't leading you to go all Josiah, like I am, but maybe there are things in your life that are idols and shouldn't be. Maybe it's time to let them go.

2 comments:

Jana said...

I'm still working on discernment...you know, how to tell when it's God talkin' to me as opposed to me making my own ideas into what I think God wants.

As for idols...oh gosh, I'll bet I have a ton of 'em and have just never stopped to examine them long enough. And then there's the very human thing of not wanting to rid yourself of them. I whine and say..."But Lord, I neeeeeeed them."

Stupid silly human. *sigh*

Danica/Dream said...

And we have to remember that the things we think we neeeeeeeeed are the exact things we must get rid of. Not fun. But totally worth it in the end.