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Too Many Blankets

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January 10

Too Many Blankets

When Elijah gets older I will have to deny ever having told you this story, so enjoy it while you can. On Elijah’s bed are 11 blankets (at least that is all that I could remember off the top of my head) and he loves them all and calls each one by name- blue blanket, green, puppy blanket,Spiderman blankey etc. And when I put him to bed he wants at least four of those blankets on him, if not all of them. He even has a specific order in which he wants them and there is a correct up and down side of each blanket. The only real problem with all of this is that after about 15 minutes under all of those blankets he is sweaty and miserable. And so about an hour after I put him to bed I like to peek my head in and check on him. Every night he is laying on his bed curled up in the fetal position, freezing because he has thrown all of his blankets off in his sleep.

I think we act that way sometimes too. We want. We want more money, we want more authority, we want more freedom, we want more friends, we want more things, we want. And it is hard to hear it when the bible tells us to trust God and stop wanting so much. Even though the bible says that the greedy impale themselves on many heartaches and that it is easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, we want. And when we pray God we ask him for all of this stuff that we want.

And here is the big deal- if Elijah would trust me when I tell him that he only needs one blanket- he would sleep better and I wouldn’t have to come in in the middle of the night and pull one blanket up over his shivering shoulders. We think that following Jesus costs us a lot. And it does.But not following Jesus costs us more.

Dallas Willard writes: “Non-discipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything through the light of God’s overriding governance for good,
hopefulness that stands firm […]power to do what is right […]. In short, it costs exactly that abundance of life Jesus said he came to bring (john 10:10)The cross shaped yoke of Christ is after all an instrument of liberation[…] to those who […] learn the meekness and lowliness of heart that brings rest to the soul…”

The trick is not to learn to get what you really want out of God, but to learn that what God gives you is what you really want.




P.S. The Quote from Dallas Willard comes from a book I've been reading recently titled "Devotional Classics." I pulled it out of a box in my garage last week and I thought the quote fit my thought perfectly. Here's the biblio info on it.

- Foster, Richard J., and James Bryan. Smith. Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups. [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993. Print.

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