The Gauntlet

I walked in the door from grocery shopping the other day and announced to Chris, that “checking out of the grocery store is analogous to a man having to walk past Deja Vu on his way to work every day!”  He did not react as shocked as you may think.  We’ve been married for nearly 10 years now.   He just raised his eyebrows in a “this is going to be interesting” sort of way.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matt.5:8)  I want to see God!  So where is a girl to look in the checkout lane?  Think about it.  One side  is a wall of gossip, immodest women mocking your body image, and then a whole bunch of diet and cooking magazines offering you a  solution.   The other side (for those of us who have passed the hope of perpetually looking like a 15-year-old)?  A wall of chocolate and candy to drown your sorrows.  How is one to survive this gauntlet with a pure heart?

We must be women of the Word.  90% of our life is lived on auto pilot and that is normal.  We can’t analyze everything we’re thinking about or we will combust.  But that means the 10% we do analyze must be quality.  We must not be lazy or gullible.  Nancy Wilson has a great paragraph in her book “The Fruit of Her Hands”:

“Christian wives tend to leave the “fat books” and theology to their husbands.  While this may look “submissive” to some, it is actually disobedience.  It is not enough that we know Proverbs 31, Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3, 1 Corinthians 1 and 14.  We have to know more than how to be a good wife.  After all, our first calling is to be good Christians, and if we are good Christians, we will be good wives and mothers…  We see in Scripture that women became disciples along with the men.  What is a disciple?  It is not a mindless follower.  A disciple is a student– someone enrolled in the class.”

My pastor describes worldliness as anything that makes righteousness look strange and sin look normal.  Let us be so saturated in godliness that the checkout lane feels like a dark alley and that heaven is where we are home.

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