I remember when I used to drink caffeine free soda. I convinced myself that it tasted the same, but when I went back to real soda. Mmmm, there was a difference. The fizz, the burn, the buzz. Real soda trumps caffeine free.
I remember when I used to eat fat free frozen yogurt. I convinced myself that it was the same as ice cream, but when I tasted real ice cream. Oh, there was a difference. The smoothness, the richness, the flavor. Real ice cream trumps frozen yogurt.
I remember when I thought that going to church was enough. I convinced myself that it was enough to believe in God, and go to church, and be a "good person." But when I started a relationship with Jesus, spending time in the Bible, with real prayer (just talking to God!), and praise (honoring him with my words) - Gracious, there was a difference. The relationship, the love, the peace. Relationship trumps religion.
Have you missing out on the Real Thing? Accepting Jesus as you Savior is a wonderful thing. But the relationship is what makes a difference. Once you experience spending that time with Him, and fullness that accompanies it, you'll never want to go back to lesser things.
Spend some time in the Bible today. (I recommend reading Isaiah 55). Read it out loud and feel the words. Drink in God's love, feel the joy and peace. Praise him. Experience the Real Thing, taste and see that the Lord is good.
I've recently started a new job, and my blogging has dropped off as a result.
Please accept my apology for not writing consistently, as I start balancing
the additional role of working mom in my life.
Kelly Combs is a Christian wife, mom, writer and speaker. You can learn about Kelly by visiting her website at www.kellycombs.com