Culture Shock

Proverbs 23:17-18

Don’t for a minute envy careless rebels; soak yourself in the Fear-of-God— That’s where your future lies. Then you won’t be left with an armload of nothing.

Are you sure, God? Does my future lie in you? I’m going to be honest, a lot of the time that doesn’t feel very true. A lot of the time I think my future lies in whatever I see making other people happy. 

And God, can I tell you something? It’s a LOT easier to envy careless rebels and those who don’t follow you than it is to fear you. They make everything look so fun, carefree, and simple.

But I know it’s a lie.

Because I know when it’s just faith and hope and love that are left, those things that I envy will be gone, they will be nothing. And a lot of people will look kinda silly while they stand around trying to hold all of their nothing (I guess a lot of times it already looks kinda silly). They will strain under the weight of their nothing. And it will reward them with nothing.


I can carry your weight. You say your weight is easy and light. Some days it feels awfully heavy to me. But I get what you mean. You hold my future, my hope. I won’t be left holding a bunch of nothing. I will be left being held by you and in that, I will have everything. 

God, rid me of useless jealousy for things that aren’t you. Let me SOAK in you because you are love and you are my future.

“Give me Christ or else I die!”

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