Last night at bible study we discussed a chapter from the book "My Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I Tell Myself" by Susanna Foth Aughtmon. The lie we discussed was: "God owes me." I shared that what I feel God owes me is recognition. If I voluntarily pour out all my love, talent, and time into something I should be recognized! I'm not really sure what kind of recognition I expect from God, but I do expect Him to let other's know so that they can recognize me in his stead. Messed up, right?
What do you feel God owes you?
More importantly, what do you owe God?
I'm not talking about what you can do for Him, or how much money you can give Him. After all, he's God. But, lets face it, we kinda owe Him.
He's created this planet I call home, the stars in the sky-I especially like the one that warms me on the mornings that I run, and lets not forget owls. ;) And He's given me the things that I love: Ryan, my dear friends and family, the Church, and the bloggers who inspire my creativity. He shows me grace upon grace. He died for me; He does so daily. Every lie, cruel word, malicious gossip, gluttonous act, and lustful thought; when I ignore those in need or condemn those I love... He dies again and I am forgiven. His death transcends time.
I owe God my time. Our time is one of our most precious gifts and I waste mine generously. Instead of giving God the "first fruits" so-to-speak, He gets the leftovers. :( It seems I've been practicing this a while because as surely as I repented of this last night, I'd forgotten by the morning. Luckily I was given a sweet reminder. :) Praying for new reminders daily. Speaking of reminders- tonight I set up my own accountability for my chronological reading plan on YouVersion.com. So from now on I should get e-mail reminders to stick to my plan.