Keep Focused


Perfectly content, sipping my cup of tea, reading Blogging Theologically by Aaron Armstrong.

Post for the day was “A Caution to the Young, Restless and Reformed which featured an edited transcript from John Piper of Desiring God.  My eyes riveted to the following excerpts:

“The danger of the contemporary worship awakening is that we love loving God more than we love God.” —Sam Crabtree of Desiring God.(emphasis-mine)

“And you might love thinking about God more than you love God. Or arguing for God more than you love God.

Or defending God more than you love God. Or writing about God more than you love God. Or preaching more than you love God. Or evangelizing more than you love God.”–John Piper. (emphasis-mine)

“We should be intellectually and emotionally more engaged with the person of Christ, the person of God—the Trinity—than we are with thinking about him. Thinking about God and engaging with him are inextricably woven together.”

But the reason you are reading the Bible, and the reason you are framing thoughts about God from the Bible, is to make your way through those thoughts to the real person.” John Piper of Desiring God. (emphasis-mine)

Whoosh!! Sharp pain as the words sunk in.  Talking to me, speaking truth to mind, heart and soul.  Do the words speak to you?

Do you love being in love with GOD more than GOD HIMSELF?  Writing about GOD more than GOD HIMSELF?

Of course, we should love being in service to our GOD.  Writing for Him.  Writing about Him. Speaking about Him. Teaching about Him;  but do we take time to simply love GOD, fellowship with Him, know Him better? 

Or does it get rather muddled together until we equate “What” we love doing for GOD with actually loving GOD Himself?

Wait a minute! Didn’t JESUS have something to say to Martha about this in Luke 10:38-40?  Martha was doing a wonderful job of serving.  Food preparations for JESUS and the disciples–alot going on in her kitchen.  No running water, no electricity, plenty of work.  

Somewhere in the frenetic kitchen activity, Martha’s love for JESUS got a bit mixed up with her love of serving JESUS.  She worked herself to distraction, got impatient with Mary, and a little impatient with JESUS. “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.”  

“But The Lord answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

As we walk this writing journey, let’s determine to stay focused.  Let’s pray for each other, remind each other.  Take time to sit at the feet of JESUS and listen.  Work does need to be done, just make sure we’re choosing “the good part.”

Connie Mace has been an NCWA member since 2009. She hopes to draw readers to a closer walk with GOD through her writing and blogs at RAISE UP YOUR EYES. Visit her web site at:   Her children’s picture book is a work-in-progress with WinePress Publishing.


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