Sometimes I let things that should not be that important become too important to me. I believe God should be the top of the list, highest priority and most cultivated relationship in my life. There are times when I realize that other things have begun to creep up the scale: appetite, comforts, the opinion of others, pride, money or the security that I think it will bring, other pleasures, trying to be in control of situations or people, or even trying to manage my own life without really asking God for His daily direction.
Pope Francis shared a quote that confirmed the stirrings in me to face my own idolatry. He states,
"I am sure none of us stands before a tree to worship it as an idol..none of us keeps statues to adore at home. [But] idolatry is subtle; we have our hidden idols, and the road through life to arrive at the Kingdom of God...entails unearthing hidden idols." Pope Francis, June 6, 2013
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This is one reason the church recognizes the value of fasting, so we gain the right perspective on food and comforts. When was the last time you told yourself "no"? Do you find yourself saying, "I can't refrain from..." or "I could never live without..." Sometimes denying myself is necessary, just so I can remind myself that I can actually live without it.
Today might be a good day for me to reevaluate who or what is really running my life. Since I don't even know what is around the curve in the road of my life, I might want to crawl up in the Father's lap and let Him care for me, putting Him first in my life. After all, He loves me like nobody else. He wants only My good. So it is really in my best interest to spend time with Him, to surrender myself to Him and to give Him my whole heart.