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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Are You in The World?

Which is it for you?

What is your path?


Are you in the world?

Or out?

There's no in-between.

1 John 2:15-17 tells us this.

Do not love the world 
or the things in the world. 

If anyone loves the world, 
the love of the Father is not in him. 

For all that is in the world— 
the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions
is not from the Father 
but is from the world. 

And the world is passing away along with its desires, 
but whoever does the will of God abides forever.


 As for us, we have tried very hard to not be "in the world".

We have taken steps over the years to be on the right track.


No TV.
Haven't been to a movie in a decade.  

Make every attempt to steer clear of negative thoughts. 
(Yes, you can make them disappear, 
if you ask in the name of Jesus
with humility and grace.)

Do we fail? 
Yes.  Daily.

Hourly.

By the minute.

Sure, sometimes you get lured in to the world and its glitter.



But upon reflection, you will note it is a way to keep you off track...keep you from the prize.



Sadly, some folks may spend their entire lives trying to live up to the world's standards.
Searching, looking, not feeling adequate.  
Like they can't measure up.
And then, more searching.
Sometimes, frantically searching.
With no clear path before you...



  Just know the answer is right under your nose.
Jesus.

JESUS

Don't get sucked into the trap, my friends. 
Especially this holiday season.
Remember...
Less is more.
Handmade is best.
 Just spending time with your loved ones, sharing food, is sufficient.

And most of all, keep Jesus first.
If He hasn't been, start now.  
It isn't too late.

As long as you are on this earth, it isn't too late.

Start now, this Christmas season.
Scale back.
Quietly step back away from the world.
Focus on Jesus.
The light of the world.




Until tomorrow, dear friends.

Sherry


8 comments:

pilgrimscottage said...

It makes me so glad that Jesus Christ preserveres for me. It's His righteousness that the Father sees in me, no matter how many times I fail to do right. Thanks for this reminder!

Squirrelhaus said...

Very sweet post, God Bless!!
Chris :o)

Gorges Smythe said...

Wise words, beautiful scenery and music. Bless you.

kare said...

i have been looking in for awhile.. & LOVE your words..the life you live is SO inspiring to me.
We live in a tiny little sardine can (trailer)in the middle of a tiny trailer park in a tiny desert town & feel squashed & haggard since the Snow-birds flew in bringing flu and traffic jambs.
i needed this verification today ...Thank You!

WE Need Jesus more than any Thing the world can offer.
Blessing to you!

Shelley said...

I so agree...once again a most beautiful post...thanks so much for sharing...blessings

Sherry Sutherby http://russ-stickacres.blogspot.com/ said...

So many beautiful words, from each of you. KARE, you nailed it: "We need Jesus more than any Thing the world can offer." Blessings to you all...

Marmee's Pantry said...

Once again, an excellent, heart-felt post, punctuated by your gorgeous photography to drive the point home in a beautiful, loving way.

If I don't get a chance to stop back during this busy week, have a blessed & wonderful CHRISTmas & happy New Year filled w/wonderful memories & drawing ever-nearer to our Savior.

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Sherry Sutherby http://russ-stickacres.blogspot.com/ said...

Thank you Kim ~ and blessings to you also. Merry Christmas~!