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1 John 5:13-21, Keep from Idols

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Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
— 1 John 5:21

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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It’s long been a pet peeve of mine that the media refer to its viewers as “ordinary people,” as if famous people are extraordinary simply because they are famous. If I’m being honest, I don’t know if it bugs me because I know I’m more than ordinary, or because I fear I might not be. Maybe wrestling with this bravado vs lack of confidence is why so many of us “ordinary” people are so obsessed with the rich and famous.

Now, I didn’t stay up all night to watch any of the royals’ weddings. But I do sneak a peek at the articles in my feed that break news of Kate and Meghan’s spat. (Don’t judge me — you do it, too!) There’s something about dreaming about people whose lives seem so vastly different — and better — than mine that’s intoxicating. What would it be like to walk a red carpet or fly in a private jet? How wonderful would it be to buy my family and friends whatever Christmas gifts I wanted without worrying about paying for it come January! I hang on the movements of modern-day idols because it gives me an escape from my extraordinarily ordinary life.

But it doesn’t truly serve me. All of this makes me covet what they have (see a problem here?). When I covet, I fail to be grateful for the life I have. Am I happy when I’m dreaming? For a while, but then it fades when I compare the dream to my real life. I’m truly filled with joy, however, when I practice gratitude, generosity, charity, and expressions of faith toward God. Being rich and famous can’t bring that kind of internally produced, eternally satisfying joy.

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