Tuesday, October 10, 2006

idols of the heart

What is it that you desire that you would sin to get or sin if you don't get it?

14 comments:

Sharon said...

That's a question I am forced to answer alot. Whenever I find myself caring too much about what people think of me, more than what my Savior thinks of me...I am making them an idol of my heart. A new discovery of what might prompt me to care too much, led me to a "root" cause. I realized that whenever I make a comparison between something in me or my life with someone else's, I fall into caring too much...and not enough about what God's says about who I am. Who can relate?

mark said...

That's one of those 'dangerous' questions.. One where the framework of the question is the truth of reality. You're forced to label your action as sin if it is. A nice 'filter'. I tried collecting them & asking myself them each morning, but my list became too long & soon their meaning left through routine. But that's the goodness of creativity & newness.. you're forced to address the root issue from a new angle.. kinda outwitting your sinful self..

GloryandGrace said...

Were you in class last night? I didn't think I saw you in there. I'm not sure when you're on campus, but if you need notes, I'd be more than happy to make copies for you. Just leave a comment either here or over on my blog~

Jennifer

Priscilla said...

chocolate

sajini said...

ANTHROPOLOGIE

Bobby said...

Respect.

ckhnat said...

none of those things are bad, in and of themselves. However, when one's desire becomes a demand ... sin is close behind.

Respect is a wonderful thing (as is chocolate) ... however, when a man or woman begins demanding respects and re-acts to his/her friends/family/colleagues out of anger and resentment ... sin has grabbed a hold and you have placed Respect on the throne of your heart, removing Christ from his rightful place in your life.

Our foremost desires ought to be to please God, to glorify Him, to become like Christ. However, those desires are often replaced with idols of the heart or lusts of the flesh.

GloryandGrace said...

You were??? Wow, the dark hair must make a huge difference!

The discussion last night was very applicable to a couple of people in my life I've been praying diligently for in recent months...

And yes, the scrapbooking store looks VERY dangerous :)

Martha said...

Priscilla must have PMS.
(When she was little she didn't even LIKE chocolate!)

Priscilla said...

I was just trying to think of a fun answer. So blah!!!

Anonymous said...

what is your answer to this question you have posed Christine?

ckhnat said...

appreciation

my biggest struggle in several different types of relationships has been feeling underappreciated ... as a result, I would sin to get it or sin if I didn't get it ... hurting others and myself along the way.

GloryandGrace said...

At the root of everything, both in my relationship with my boyfriend and how I at times respond to other situations or my family, it's really my own self-absorption and fear of man. It's not a self-absorption externally, as most would probably define it, but something much more deep-seeded.

And yes, Christine, I DO need to introduce myself! There have been a couple of instances in which I have mentioned a particular blog entry of yours, one that really resounds with me and I've then gone and gotten his input as well. And every time the question back to me is, "So why haven't you met her yet if she's in our counseling class?" :)

GloryandGrace said...

http://pandapalooza.blogspot.com/2006/09/i-am-humbled.html

A friend of mine from home keeps a blog, and this is probably the only decent picture of me on here that I have to show you. I'm the one in the middle--granted, that was a year ago, but as I said, it's the best I can do as far as pictures go :)