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Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)
TITLE: Delete or Keep?
By Jeannie Dennis
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God wants to have a relationship with us; He values time with us and wants only the best for us. I know that I give Him a lot more SPAM than I do quality time. Oh I want His attention but on my terms and my timeline and I will spend time with Him but about my issues, not His plans.
Thankfully, God is so much more patient than I am and He has grace and mercy for me that I don’t always have for others. Every day I put in my requests asking Him for this and to please do that and to bless my plans for the day and end it with a quick “thank you” in Jesus’ name amen. If the roles were reversed I can just about guarantee you that I would be deleting that as SPAM! Who wants a relationship with a needy, demanding person that always asks things of you and never listens to your plans and desires? I can tell you that whenever this type of person has come into my life they drain me and soon I find reasons not to be around them. I delete them, in a manner of speaking.
This had made me think what would happen if God deleted me? Oh, He will never do that because His love is unconditional but I am certain I can do a lot to improve my side of the relationship! I allow so many distractions to keep me away from spending time with Him. Work is a big one. With the stress and the overtime, the very job He provided has been given much more importance than it was intended so that all my energy goes there and He gets what little left over’s I have at the end of the day. My health is another distraction. I have given in to my desires and pleasures rather than being a good steward of the body He gave me and I am paying for it. Because of this I don’t have the physical energy I could have to do service for Him.
Can you relate to this analogy of life’s distractions and all that SPAM? Does God get our left over’s or time that is of value? The good news for all of us is that He is a loving, patient God and because of His grace and mercy, He will not delete us! He is always ready to spend time with us. He created you and me for the purpose of spending time with Him.
So the next time you are going through your email and deleting all those SPAM notifications, remember God is waiting. He wants to open the email with your name on it because you are of great value to Him!
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