Hey everybody, I know it's been a verrry long time, but I have been very busy and forgot all about my little blog. :(
I just attended the TeenPact Washington state class and it was my second time going.( For those of you who have never gone, you are really missing out.) I learned a ton this week and one of the things that really struck deep was getting rid of the idols in your life. I tend to make idols out of a lot of things. And lately my most recent idols were pictures of artists and superstars plastered everywhere in my closet. It was almost like my little sanctuary. I would just go in there and gaze at them, and wish I could be like them and wish I could meet them. My bible was forgotten and I didn't really want to talk to God. I felt really convicted one night when the guest directer Steve Crum talked about getting rid of the idols in your life for the night devotion. I realized that I had been putting things that won't last before an eternal God. I also realized that if I wanted to grow closer to God and be more like him I had to get rid of those pictures and spend the time I would have spent looking at them with him. He deserved way more time than no time at all or a couple minutes here and there throughout the week. He needed my focus to be on him throughout the entire day. When I got back, I threw away the pictures in my closet and instead put up inspiring quotes that I had taken while I was at TeenPact. I have felt so free, and have enjoyed spending at least 45 minutes of my day reading his word and he feels so close to me now. And it's not like I am finding time to read his word but not really enjoying it and it's kind of blah. Everyday I want to spend time with him. My favorite part of my day is reading his word and praising him. He is so faithful and he never gives up on any of us. Let me tell you. getting rid of the idols in my life was totally worth it. So I have a challenge for you. Find out what the idols in your life are. Get rid of them. And see where God takes you. A friend of mine shared this verse with me and it is so true. It has become one of my favorite passages.
"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are of above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory."