Who is your idol?

Have you ever stopped to think about your idol(s)?  I am a Christian and need to refocus on this question each day.  It comes easy for me to look around at people and get down on myself because I don’t make the kind of money they make, I don’t drive the nicer car like they drive, I don’t have the disposable money to get manicures and massages on a regular basis, like they seem to have, I can’t afford to go out to restaurants to eat each week like they do, and on and on.  After thinking about these things for too long, I start to feel like I need to hurry up and do something so that I can do more of those things. Surely if I could do those things in the same measure as other people, I would ‘measure’ up. Right?

This thinking only leads to stress and makes me feel defeated.  A better way is to turn to God and see what he says about all this.

  • 1 Samuel 16:7  – “…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”   I don’t have to ‘look’ like others. God sees my heart, not the car I drive or the house I live in.
  • Matthew 16:26 – “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?”  I don’t have to chase a job or money at the cost of sacrificing personal relationships and moral character.  I see people  lie and cheat just to make more money.  If I use the skills, abilities, and personality God gave me, I can achieve and earn exactly what I am supposed to.

After a good dose of God’s word, I get grounded again and remember. I have goals.  I don’t have a nicer car because I’m saving to pay cash for my next car so that I can stay out of debt.  I don’t go out to restaurants more frequently, because I enjoy cooking at home, and  in doing so I save more money to put into my retirement savings.  Same goes for all the other luxury items such as manicures and massages, etc.  After looking even deeper into some of those other people’s lives, more often than not, they are living paycheck to paycheck, and up to their eyeballs in debt. That is not the stressful life I want to lead.

Take time today and ask yourself, who is your idol.