Freeloading

We hadn’t known the guy prior to his three-day visit with us years ago. I don’t remember his name, or why he came, only the irritation I felt coming home from work and having to step over his body stretched out before the T.V. in a nest of empty beer bottles, chip bags and an assortment of crumbs. Frankly, I was disgusted. Freeloaders. Ugh.

God knows just how I feel. I free-loaded off Him many years; feeling entitled, using all His blessings for my own pleasure. Whining when He blocked my plans, responding with,
“Lord, could you MOVE- you’re standing in front of the screen.”

Like Ps. 73:22 says,

“I was senseless and ignorant; a brute beast before you.”

I still have freeloader tendencies. When prayers go unanswered, I fix my eyes on the empty screen, take control in hand, and click every possible button, surfing the channels of discouragement, sadness, and my own brokenness, as if I serve a remote God. All the while, He calls from the kitchen for me to come and dine.

Lord, forgive me for making idols of unanswered prayers and unchecked emotions. May I “forget not all Your benefits”, but may benefits -given or withheld- never be idols distracting me from loving You, for Christ’s sake.

Forgive me for free-loading off the One who frees me from my load.

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Let ALL that I am praise the Lord; May I never forget the good things he does for me.       Ps. 103:2

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  1Pet. 4:10

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.                    1 John 5:21

I am afraid that …you’re minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  2 Corinthians 11:3

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