Friday, February 28, 2014

40 Day Retreat with Jesus: Day 28

It is the last day of February and the 28th day of the Retreat with Jesus. This month sure has flown by!

Today's focus:
1 John 2:15-17
Don’t fall in love with this corrupt world or worship the things it can offer. Those who love its corrupt ways don’t have the Father’s love living within them. 16 All the things the world can offer to you—the allure of pleasure, the passion to have things, and the pompous sense of superiority—do not come from the Father. These are the rotten fruits of this world. This corrupt world is already wasting away, as are its selfish desires. But the person really doing God’s will—that person will never cease to be.
It is so easy to be tempted by all of the worldly pleasures I encounter every day, I really have to work at saying "no" to these temptations and remembering where my treasure *really* is! Earthly things are temporary, but building up our kingdom in Heaven is very much permanent.
While slightly off-topic, my husband and I got in to a discussion today about how many young people are concerned with doing things that "feel" good or "feel" right. While I love feelings and like to have them validated, it concerns me for this next generation that is just now growing up and being released in to the world. I hope that the faith-minded youth keep this passage in mind when pursuing anything in life, whether it be their life partner or their career or whatever pursuit they've set their minds to. Does it glorify God and build up the kingdom of Heaven?