E'er you left your room this morning,
Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ, our Savior,
Did you sue for loving favor
As a shield today?
I was struck by the question. I have been having difficulties with my prayer life lately, difficulties keeping up with my Bible reading, difficulties finding my Daily Bible. I asked myself, do I think to pray when I leave my room each morning? When I'm met with great temptation? When my heart is filled with anger? When sore trials come upon me?
I realized that I actually think of Googling at least as often as I think of prayer. I was shocked at myself.
Then this morning I got up and absentmindedly clicked over to my blog feeds as I waited for the coffee to make, and found Cindy's post. She is going to be done with blogging for awhile. This paragraph especially struck me as apt:
And in the midst of my small world comes the Internet, almost like a god, vast, unmeasured. Always like a siren wooing me with good things, great things, better things. It is almost like if I have a problem my first thought is Google not God. I can search everything from marriage to murder, Bible verses to bedtime stories. The Internet really is a replacement for our current concept of God and it is a clue. It lets me know that something must be vastly wrong with my concept of God. I have never been able to get God to cooperate with me the way Google does.
Exactly. And another terribly appropriate quote:
I would love to write another story about that beautiful evil Pandora. In my story, she would release a box full of a million good things leaving restraint in the box.
Read the rest here. I have printed it out to post on my refrigerator.
"To be free without authority is license." --Charlotte Mason
"All things are lawful unto me; but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not." --The Apostle Paul
How does one repent in sackcloth and ashes in this day and age?