Coveting is a pernicious and deceptive sin. It may begin as innocent attraction, interest or admiration of others, but it can easily lead to destruction. While desire is motivating and a necessary element of a meaningful life, covetousness is rejection of God’s care and provision for us, leading us to believe no desire should ever be denied. A covetous heart cannot love purely, neither God nor others. Thankfulness, on the other hand, leads us to the light. A grateful heart opens the way to unlimited peace and inexhaustible affection since it focuses on the Provider, not the level of provision. O Lord My Shepherd, cleanse my heart from earthly entanglements and fill me with true love for You and others.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth,”Acts 1:8 ESV. Most people would like to make an impact on the world around them, but it seems so overwhelming. Is it really? An avalanche begins with the movement of one single object; your next move may be the ignition point of something amazing. Inspired ideas launched by passionate commitment and followed by steady advances can change the trajectory of your entire future. I’ve had the privilege of being around quite a few world changers over a lifetime. Some are truly natural stars, but frankly, most are amazingly ordinary; it is their stubborn relentlessness to make something special happen that is the difference. Jesus’ disciples were simple men and women that changed their world. His true disciples still are. Lord, in Your Mercy, move my heart that I may be used to move others.