Back to the Basics

     Smartphones, computers, automobiles, even coffee makers… amazing instruments, all of them! Think about it for a second. Apollo 13’s mission could’ve been completed with a modern day smartphone. The evolution of the automobile is a marvel. I wonder what Henry Ford would think of all the “additions” to his creation. GPS, Bluetooth, satellite radio, digital display, and don’t forget the back-up camera; just to name a few. But the true test of any society is…coffee.
     Walk through the streets of any city or town and you will find shops, kiosks, or trailers where someone has set up shop to sell, yep… coffee. At these holes in the wall, you’ll cash in on some awesome cups of java, iced or hot, decaf or “leaded.”  Ask for a double, triple, or whatever and you just may get it! Cappuccino, mocha, espresso, frappe, soy, latte… You want it, you can find it. You want to make it? Good luck. Ever try to run a coffee pot nowadays? The manual’s thicker than my first mortgage and it’s got more buttons than my wedding dress. I’ll buy.

     Now why am I prattling on about all this? What do a phone, car, and cup of morning coffee have to do with life? I’m so glad you asked!

Psalm 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

     How many times do we get wrapped up in our little complicated world and lose sight of the One who really matters? We're so worried about getting to our next appointment, meeting that deadline, or beating the rush for our next cup of coffee.

     Texting on that new iPhone becomes the priority instead of reading the Bible. Symbols of prestige and position take the form of a new car and larger home but the tithe and service at church suffers as a result. Computer land is more important than the Holy Land. What do you do then?

     Examine your heart. What is your motivation? Think about it. Who are you listening to this time? Who are you talking to the most? Is it God or is it man? Who do you think it should be?

Proverbs 8:32 Now therefore, listen to me, My children, For blessed are those who keep My ways.

Next time you log on your computer, slide behind the wheel of a car, or pick up the phone, take a second and remember. The almighty Father is watching and listening. How will you use these instruments? Kind of a basic question, isn’t it?
     Maybe it will be as simple as slowing down to let that other driver in the line first, or leaving your phone at home when you leave for the church service. It may even be adding a little extra to the offering plate on Sunday night. After all, you didn’t have to fill up this week since you decided to skip that extra java run after work.

Who knows what the Lord will guide your soul to do when you open your heart and mind to His divine hand. He's waiting for you to get back to the basics. Are you ready?
     In Christ,




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