I found myself overhearing a conversation the other day among several Christians that was deeply troubling. They were simply talking about life … their friends, family, activities, pursuits, joys, aspirations and challenges… just talking about daily life. What was so troubling, you ask? The sum total of their conversation boiled down to how they were going to decorate or remodel their home, the possessions they wanted, the neat restaurant they wanted to try, the latest show or sitcom they’d seen, the new car they craved, and “one-upsmanship” with one another on what their kids (and spouse) were accomplishing. Oh, and then there was all the political stuff and social banter as well. What troubled me? I NEVER HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THE LORD AND GODLY VALUES!
Oh, and something else troubled me… I was convicted that I’d participated in conversations just like that!!
I read something in the Bible about all of that this morning during “Coffee with the Lord” that caught my attention and challenged me…
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever!” (1 John 2:15–17 ESV)
Want to know what I wrote in the margin of my Bible after I read that this morning? Here it is… “LeRoy, get and keep your priorities right!” Then I turned it into a prayer of repentance and commitment… “Lord help me…”