Saturday, April 20, 2013

Holding Onto Dirt

OK. Everybody has idols.
Things we hold onto no matter what.
Money. Kids. Job. Expectations. Dreams.
But dirt?

Yes, we do.
And I was reminded about this from an old song:
In our joys and in our sorrows, days of toil and days of ease,
Still He calls in cares and pleasures: 
Christians, love me more than these.--Cecil Alexander, Jesus Loves Us

We hold onto the things that bring us happiness and ease, but we also hang onto people and circumstances that hurt--offenses, old pains, bad relationships, a habit of sickness, the attitude of a victim, and more.
They bring us no pleasure, but we won't let go.
We don't know who we would  be without them and don't want to find out.
Idols...all of them. Nothing but dirt.

And they become stumbling blocks to our faith. Jesus told us this:
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of the wealth, and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.--Mark 4:18-19

We don't hoard only life's pleasures, but its sorrows and troubles.
It doesn't matter what we hold onto.
If it isn't Christ, it is all dirt.


  1. Joanne, these words are exactly what I needed this weekend.

    Bless you, Friend. I'm visiting from Sandy's today (and figure it's about time!)

  2. Amen. I need to hear this once a day at least. Even my old sins I've given to Christ haunt me. Amen

    1. And the old sins do not need to haunt. Good grief--if you are anything like me, I have plenty of new ones to repent of. Those old ones already belong to Christ, as you said. Still dwelling on them belongs to you-know-who.

  3. Joanne, I liked the lines from 'Jesus Loves Us'
    "still He calls in cares and sorrows"....yes He does--in the good and the bad. Thanks for this.

    1. "cares and pleasures, joys and sorrows."
      there, got it right.

    2. And thanks to you, dear one.

  4. Oh I love that... if it isn't Christ, it is all dirt. Beautifully said.
    Great thoughts.
    I found you at Jumping Tandem.
    I invite you to link to Sunday Stillness -

  5. This was well said. So much of life pulls us in the wrong direction but with Christ we never get off track! Thank you for this beautiful share.