What Are Our Idols?

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. Deuteronomy 5:8 (NIV)

My husband and I have been blessed with five grandchildren who live three hours away. As a grandmother, I look for creative ways to build my relationships across the miles. We visit as frequently as we are able and I often stuff envelopes to mail to each one. I’m thankful for the telephone and I frequently talk with each grandchild. We sing and share Bible stories. It’s amazing what we can learn from little children! One day, Katelyn, my three-year old granddaughter, sang the worship song by Rich Mullins called, Step by Step. Interestingly, she added the word "only" to the song, without anyone coaching her. She sang, “Oh God, You are my only God and I will ever praise you….” As I reflected on this, I thought about the idols in my life. Is He my only God? A Christian since 1976, I realized that sometimes I allow idols – the things that grab my attention too much on any given day – to sneak into my life. Certainly I’m not a deliberate idol worshipper, but I don’t always keep God elevated in my heart as I’d like. Sometimes I allow the busy-ness of life, my dearest relationships, and pleasures of this world to take too much preeminence in how I spend my thoughts and time. Without realizing it, these things become idols. I’ve brought this into better balance by strengthening the disciplines in my spiritual walk. It’s helped me to keep things in proper perspective by beginning each day with prayer and Scripture reading. Throughout my day my thoughts drift back to the Lord and His goodness. Keeping Him first makes life better!

Lord, please help me to give You the most honored place in my heart and mind each day. Amen.

By Judy Gyde