Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. - Colossians 3:2
Even when I’ve sincerely turned to God in faith, the pursuit of things has tripped me up.
My first house was a great investment: Only $10,000 with a monthly mortgage payment of $100. I congratulated myself on being so financially astute.
But a door-to-door carpet salesman changed all that. Carpet was my house’s only real deficiency. And upon showing me a sample of sea-foam green, stain resistant carpet, I was hooked. I simply had to have it. I didn’t have the money to pay for it, so the salesman arranged for me to have credit.
But after I had the new carpet installed, I noticed how ratty my furniture looked. Before I knew it, I was lost in the tide of materialism.
What I thought would bring me respect and comfort made me a slave. Be careful about what becomes important in your life.
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Whether he was there or not during your youth, your father has shaped and continues to shape who you are and how you function in every aspect of your life. And while our culture devalues the contribution that a father makes to a family, it is clear that those of us with an absent or detached father have an empty, undefinable longing–for Dad. Making Peace with Your Father offers you a comprehensive look at the role of the father. It celebrates the positive influence a dad can have and uncovers the consequences that absent or abusive fathers have on their children. Most importantly, it takes you through eleven steps that will move you toward forgiveness so that you can make peace with your earthly father for the pain or difficulties he has brought to your life–allowing you to develop a closer relationship with your heavenly Father.