Have you ever taken God for granted?

Have you ever taken God for granted?

Now for the kicker; is that a bad thing if, when, you have?

On one hand He is God. He is my Lord; my Father, and I honor and worship Him. I (strive to) serve Him and to do His will every day. When I take Him for granted I dishonor Him, diminish myself and fall short of my rightful role as a Covenant servant (and Covenant blessed) of God.

On the other hand God is my friend, my best friend, and my father. I walk with Him every day. He talks to me, guides me and is a very real presence in my day to day life. Not like “God” but more like my father; my friend. He is in my heart and in my head. He is conversational, not only in prayer, but actually “with me” as I go about my day.

So what happens when I “take Him for granted” because yes I have, do, and the evidence is I will again? Do I beat myself, repent, and throw myself on His mercy? Yes. It is painful and yet…

I also am thankful, oh so very thankful, for a God who is my friend, my father (family), my “confidant” Redeemer Who I can be close enough too take for granted.

When He and I talk about this does He agree it’s a good thing? He did yesterday and He did today; if I get a different answer tomorrow I will let you know. Interestingly, He also allows me to remind myself, chastise myself, that He is God and is to be revered. It is amazing how when I correct myself, He let’s me. Good lesson in parenthood.

What do you think; is it a bad thing when you take God for granted?

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Some things move in unison

It’s interesting how some things move in unison, particularly in the workings of God’s Kingdom.

On my sight I have the RSS feed from One Green Bracelet and it had an update on “So you think you know Worldchild”. I thought I did but it was good to learn the background and real world impact they have.

Then via Judifree, as part of my “chasing rabbits” push (read earlier post), I was scanning Without Wax and find they are talking about the same shoe outreach that One Green Bracelet was running a video on.

I find it interesting how some things move in unison like this. It amazes me how I can listen to my pastor speak on what God is telling him and then through a blog, a friend, or listening to an online sermon find another pastor in another part of the country was giving the same message at the same time. Have you noticed this too?

UPDATE: I was informed that the ministries linked above support different shoe ministries. I assume one is a left shoe and one a right shoe and that this still supports my comment about things moving in unison. Could I be right?

Why this excites me

I may not feel any call to go on a missions trip, and I don’t, but One Green Bracelet has me very excited because:

1) I can be involved just by leaving a comment or posting in my blog about it even while I’m in Las Vegas for a meeting.
2) I can be involved by giving and yes you can do that online here.
3) I am involved because my church is involved, so yes Judi, a church can “be growing, thriving, and global too!”