Of That Which We Savor and Discard {Word Filled Wednesday}

Word Filled Wednesday from Internet Cafe

We’re not a savoring society.

Maybe it’s the internet.  Maybe it’s the easy ability we have to pick up and move on.  No doubt the crazy busyness of our schedules play a large role. Most likely it’s just our fickle hearts.

Whatever the cause, we are good at discarding things.  

It’s easy, you know.  Just pack it up and move it out.  Curbside service will carry away your unwanted junk.

In the last month I have discarded old magazines, children’s toys long outgrown, unfashionable and {uh-hum} can’t-fit-into clothes.  Replaced some dishes.  Threw away unfinished and never-to-finish projects.

There is a benefit to the discarding of things.   Heaven knows I do.not. want to be your evening’s entertainment on the next episode of Hoarders.  Instead, it’s good to find new homes that will treasure what you no longer need.

But there’s also a danger.   Sometimes we let the give-it-up, give-it-away mentality slip into our thinking about things to which we are in need of clinging.   Friendships get hard; we move along.  Goals get frustrated; we give them up.  Conviction gets personal; we tune it out.  Why, there’s very little safe from our wastebasket mentality–marriages, babies {check the abortion and orphan rates if you think that was a harsh word to add}, aging parents, friends…We are not our grandparent’s generation.  They saved everything; we savor almost nothing.

It’s far too easy these days to cease savoring the work of God in our lives.   I know I do because on most days the work of God in my life is filled with the unpleasant aroma of burning rubber meeting the road.   I want to discard the uncomfortable, awkward, and always seems to be untimely confrontations with sin, bump-ins with disappointment, and fears that “my working out my salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12) will always look like I’m a misplaced Basset Hound in a Greyhound race.

Sometimes the thought of quitting and not trying seems easier to live with than the constant picking myself up off the knees of failure and trying again.   Don’t you find it hard to savor the process of sanctification?  Just give me the glorification.  Can I get an Amen?

It’s into moments of thinking like this that the habit of discarding things can be so spiritually debilitating.  When we are on the knees of failure, we forget the promise that anchors the “fear and trembling.”  “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).   It’s not just our work—it’s God’s.  He doesn’t discard.  He doesn’t give up.   He is never going to put you or me out for curbside pick up.

Have you discarded God’s promise to you?  Have you become obsessed with either your frequent failures or your silly successes?  Have you forgotten that you have been found in Christ with the “righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith” (Philippians 3:9)?   Do you need to stop and savor the reality of that last line?  It’s a true story.    It’s constantly true.  It will always continue to be true.

“Hupomone:: Cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy, enduring, patience, patient enduring (waiting).”   Do not discard your hupomone.

In need of more hupomone encouragement?  Hop on over to Internet Cafe and see what others have shared for Word Filled Wednesday…or better yet, add your entry! 

6 thoughts on “Of That Which We Savor and Discard {Word Filled Wednesday}

    • Lori, I am so thankful you have left better than you arrived…that is my hope for each reader. Thank you for reading. We are all better for pondering more of life. May your pondering bring you much wisdom!

    • Lori, Thank you for your kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed it and am thankful for your sharing it. Savor deeply all God has for you, my friend.

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