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We both know how easy it is for the TV to steal time from us when household chores need doing.

And why do so many pre-retirees have pension savings balances that are embarrassing? Because “wants” in their 30s and 40s had more influence than “way out there” life expenses that wouldn’t be encountered until their 70s and 80s.

It’s part of our nature, it seems, to allow wants now to displace the provision for needs later.

We’ve all failed in this way. Some are still failing this way because those new flat screen TVs look so cool or that “trip of a lifetime” has been paid on credit or because of some other expense that we could have avoided but didn’t.

We’re vulnerable in the same way with the things of the the soul.

I encourage you to join me in searching the soul for those wants that are displacing spiritual needs.

For if we don’t get this priority list right, we’re in big trouble.

The Apostle John wrote about this topic at the end of his letter we know as I John.

“Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” (I John 5:21)

When God is not on the throne of our hearts, we can be sure that something — or somebody else — is.

There is no heart without a throne.

Bob Dylan did a song many years ago called You Gotta Serve Somebody. It described how every soul worships something.

It’s how we’re wired.

Let’s commit to worshiping the God who created the heavens and earth, who sent Jesus as our Redeemer and who restores us to salvation and fellowship with Him through our conversion to Christianity.

For when God and Jesus Christ have the proper place in our hearts, we have our names in His Book of Life.

I want mine to stay there to protect His place in my heart. And so I need to be faithful in my devotional life, my personal conduct, my weekly church involvement and my Christian service to others.

I pray that you want the same for your life.

As always, I love you
Martin

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