What’s the Replacement?

It was an over cast afternoon where Grey clouds lingered and layers of clothes needed to go outside. I sat in her kitchen sipping hot tea as seven children played happily around us. Our conversation flowed and I told her that I’m not taking a class at the gym until my pregnancy is over. I had found it had asked too much and my body had reacted. I told my friend “CC” that I am giving myself permission to relax through this pregnancy and not be wrapped up in weight gain and counting kilograms. She looked at me, and with a  reflective manner said “It’s funny how we as women have to give ourselves permission to do this, even during such a time as this.”

For me, body image and exercise had crept into an unhealthy position in my thinking patterns. Pounding the pavement and calorie counting had become an idol, rather than a healthy way of living. Obviously I wasn’t bowing down to a stone statue or a wooden carving yet I gave permission to a false god to enter into my heart. This in turn reflected an inaccurate perception of what I should look like. I was caught up in the worlds definition of ‘beauty’ rather then resting in my God-given uniqueness…

We are all fearfully and wonderfully made….

Tullian Tchividjian writes in his book Jesus+Nothing=Everything “Idolatry is simply trying to build our identity on something besides God. An idol is anything or anyone that you conclude, in your heart, you must have in order for your life to be meaningful, valuable, secure, exciting or free.”

The merry-go-round chasing emptiness yet promising everything constantly leaves a void so large that we keep seeking until we find ourselves in a short lived state of euphoria. Fleeting happiness that only lasts a split second, falls through our fingers placing us back in the same space that urges us to keep pursuing…

Stripping it back to the raw, hidden place that lies within is the answer. Revelation is given as we take courage and dig to dark areas that have been breeding behaviors. Insecurity compounded with hurt fester’s and the need to achieve becomes dominant as we scramble to prove ourselves.

The bigger house…

The new car…

Clinging unhealthily to friendships and relationships…

Showing a lack of grace and forgiveness when needed…are you easily hurt and offended by those around you? Security in who you are will conquer that. Choose not to be offended and see the best in your mate. Often one will never deliberately hurt a loved one but your brokenness will keep you wounded…

Allowing fashion to dictate your expenses…

Addiction…

The list endless and the cycle vicious…

“An idol has no real existence.” (1Cor 8:4).

The only place that’s bring true happiness and contentment is the Cross. Lay down your heavy burdens and stop allowing them to dictate you. Pick up acceptance which brings freedom, forgiveness will provide internal joy deep within, unconditional love healing and an eternal life assuring.

I urge you not look to anything smaller than Jesus. There isn’t a need to add to the Easter story just the boldness to figure out why we do the things we do…?

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