Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Cove: Part 3 (here comes the Jesus part)

Friday morning was beautiful. It was chilly but not too cold, fluffy white clouds in the sky, and no rain on the horizon. It was perfect.

Our first session was at 9:30am and focused on seeing ourselves as God sees us, not how the world sees us.
All around us we are constantly bombarded with images telling us we have to look a certain way to be considered beautiful. That we have to have the newest bag, shoes or outfit to feel good about ourselves. And this shouldn't be what we focus on. To truly be beautiful you must be focused on the Lord.

"It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust in the Lord, you are safe." Proverbs 29:25

We are constantly tempted by things around us and we have to learn to be strong against those temptations no matter what they are. When you think about it, Adam and Eve had everything they could've wanted/needed but Eve was tempted.
"Eve was deceived by the snake's clever lies." 2 Corinthians 11:3
This applies to our daily lives. "If I just had that new Michael Kors watch, I'd be happy" or "if I could just get my hands on that new pair of Tory Birch flats I'd be happy", "if I could just get that new eyeshadow I'd feel better about myself".

We have all had thoughts like that. And while it's not wrong to like nice things or enjoy dressing up, that can't be the focus of your happiness. Material things can never truly satisfy us. The only thing that can fill that void that we are all born with is God.
"For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6

While the message on Saturday morning might not have hit everyone, it straight up slapped me in the face. I have to stop trying to compare myself to others and just live my life the way God wants me to. I'm not sure who said this but I need to start living by this quote:
"The moment you stop caring what other people think is most likely when you start doing what God wants"

After session one it was lunch and then solitude. And if ever there was a place to enjoy some solitude it is the cove. Well minus the threat of bears.

It was such a beautiful day, perfect for exploring the woods.

Up next is Session 2 and 3 (I think I'll cram those into one post), so get ready!

1 comment:

elise @ cheers yall said...

Amen! Love this teaching. Cannot wait to hear about the other sessions!!!