Last night I sold out! I took the kids to McDonalds for a drive thru dinner.
OK… so it’s not so bad… but it bothers me just the same, because we did it out of convenience and speed. In our family we try to eat healthy (more or less) and live healthy (more or less), but the hectic pace of our schedules… and the tightness of money… make McDonald’s burgers irresistible.
How often, in our crazy lives, do we trade health and wellness and goodness for convenience, quickness, and cheap? It seems like my family is always doing it 🙁
It’s takes time, effort, and intentionality to do our best… and to do what’s right. As ‘works in progress’ we can’t afford cheap and easy in any area of life. We need to make good and right and faithful choices so that, in the long run, we can be the best and fullest that we were meant to be.
This, in one way or another, has always been a struggle in the life of faith. In Acts 19 (24-26) we learn about a man who chose to oppose the life of faith because it cut into his lifestyle and ‘bottom line’:
A man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of Artemis, and brought no little business to the artisans. These he gathered together, with their workers and said, “Men, you know that we get our wealth from this business. You also see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost the whole of Asia this Paul has persuaded and drawn away a considerable number of people by saying that gods made with hands are not gods.
Demetrius made a living by making silver idols (and passing them off as supernatural). When Paul brought the message of faith… that God was doing great things through Jesus and those who followed him… Demetrius didn’t see an opportunity to become the best and fullest he was meant to be, instead, he saw his paycheck dry up.
More than anything else, I think, this is what keeps us from making the most of the lives God has planned for us. We opt for convenient and cheap because it is easier to fit in… but in the process we choke on so much stuff that is really not good for us.