I had to smile when I read both Vicki’s and Jim’s postings here on Christians Read. Over the weekend my husband was telling me about someone he’d heard either on the radio or online as she discussed the elements of her self-designed faith. She simply runs everything by her “ding meter” and accepts what feels right and lets the rest pass her by.
Vicki pointed out that God wires us to do the things He wants us to do. In fact, her description of putting together a plot idea is a scenario I’m happy to say I’ve enjoyed myself. And Jim took the thought a little farther to remind us that the real bliss in life is when we get to do what God designed for us to do—that passion doesn’t come from duty, it comes from desire. Seeking the will of God is where the bliss Vicki talked about can be found, because He designed us with a depth of love that we can barely imagine. It’s little wonder we’re so blessed when our desires fit just right into the tasks He’s provided for us to do.
So what about the lady with the ding meter? From the moment my husband described her, my own little ding meter went off, but my ding meter isn’t something I fashioned by myself. It’s been honed by reading the Bible, sitting under the teaching of many pastors and professionals, by prayer and submission. I point this out because I have more than a couple relatives who listen to their own ding meter, one that is merely a shadow of the one God installed in them. It hasn’t been shorn up by the rest of the things God provided, like seeking His input, wisdom, or counsel. Yet they listen to this shadow more than they listen to the word of God. They define God for themselves rather than seeking Him through prayer, His creation and the Book He provided for us.
We’re all readers here at Christians Read; let’s start the New Year off right by regularly reading the Book that reveals God, the divinely inspired Book that is incredible in its knowledge of the human condition, in the prophecies it holds, the history it reveals, the science it reveals, the sheer beauty of it as it reveals God’s incredible love for us. That’s the only way to hone a ding meter!
I’m convinced that when we know God, more specifically when we know His love, the rest of life’s enjoyment—like all the good books we’ll read this year—will only be better because of the peace we enjoy knowing we were created by someone who loves us.