"If you center your life:
- On your partner or spouse, you will be dependent, jealous and controlling. The other's problem will be overwhelming for you.
- On your family and children, you will live your life through them until they resent you or have no self of their own.
- On your work and career you may become driven and a workaholic or a shallow and boring person. You may lose family and friends. If the career goes badly, you may be depressed.
- On money and possessions, you'll be eaten by jealousy about money and may do unethical things to maintain lifestyle.
- On pleasure gratification and comfort and you will find yourself addicted to something.
- On relationships and approval and you will be constantly overly hurt by criticism and losing friends. You will fear confronting others and therefore be a useless friend.
- On a noble cause (global warming) and you will divide the world into good and bad and demonize your opponents. Without them, you have no purpose.
- On religion and morality and, if you are living up to your standard, be proud and self-righteous. If you are not, your guilt will be devastating.
Identity apart from God is inherently unstable.
Identity not based on God leads to addiction because we turn what might be good things into ultimate things.
We may, of course, turn bad things into ultimate things or even worse!
We are then controlled by our God-substitutes.
With God, you can venture anything and face anything.
Building our life on something besides God not only hurts us if we don't get the desires of our heart, but also if we do!
If Jesus is the center of your life, and you fail Him, He will forgive you.
Anything else you base your life on you will have to live up to.
But there is NO OTHER center for your life which died for you!
Everybody has to live for something.
Whatever that something is becomes Lord of your life, whether you think of it that way or not.
- Jesus is the only Lord who, if you receive him, will fulfill you completely, and, if you fail him, will forgive you eternally."
This quote comes from The Reason for God- Written by Timothy Keller
I am not familiar with this writer or this book but some of the things they were talking about really struck me. I plan on reading and re-reading and picking it apart a bit. I am seeing this in several post.....stay tuned.
Would love to hear your thoughts.....
Doula Mama Pam