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Take the Time

Have you ever looked at something to eat and it looked so good?  I mean to the point you were anticipating devouring it.  Recently, I had cooked lunch, and I was so excited because I just knew the boys would love it.  It was something different than I had ever prepared before.  I quickly searched the internet for a recipe and decided on the first one I had found.  It was finally almost time to eat lunch.  It smelled amazing, it looked delicious and the family was waiting very IMPATIENTLY.  We sat down and started to eat.  Josh took one bite, and had a look of pure disgust on his face.  He quickly said, “Dad take this, I can’t even swallow it.”  Caleb just quietly put his back onto the table.  I said, “What’s wrong with it?”  Josh replied, “I don’t know, it looked like it was going to be really good, but its’ looks were deceiving.”

That’s how we want everything to look in our lives, perfect and appetizing to society.  We have spent so much time on the appearance of looking like a beautiful Christian that sometimes our hearts don’t match the appearance.  We spend so little time preparing our hearts for true worship.   We want it to look perfect, but we haven’t put in the time we need to with The Lord for it to reflect that image.   See, I picked the first recipe I found because the picture looked good.  I didn’t have time to marinate the meat, so I just bypassed the work that required all of the time.  If we don’t marinade ourselves in the Word and in prayer, we are simply superficial Christians.  If we aren’t bathed in The Word, then when the first trouble comes our way, we will be taken out.  

The time has come to get a true, deep rooted relationship with The Lord; I mean the kind where we can withstand whatever the enemy throws at us.  The surface is thin and can be broken down easily.  

Colossians 2:7 says, “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

 To grow deep roots takes time, time spent with The Father!

Lauren Mooneyham