Sometimes I feel like practicing my faith is a lot like my subscription to Weight Watchers. When you join the Weight Watchers program you are given a certain amount of points which you are required to stick to each day. Every single piece of food you eat equals points (pizza=8 points, donut=10 points). I have 24 points and while I am eating, I am very aware of what points I am using up. My life suddenly becomes centered around food and what my next meal is going to be. Trying to be a “do everything right” Christian can sometimes feel like I’m calculating points too:
I prayed this morning=8 points
I went to Church= 10 points
I donated extra money to the youth group=12 points
Tallying our “Christian points” every day isn’t what God intends when He invites us to walk with Him. While food points are the center of the Weight Watchers program, checking off points with Jesus isn’t at the center of what it means to be a Christian. As I become closer to Him, I have realized it’s the intimate relationship we are developing every day that truly defines my walk. Counting points and checking off a list isn’t going to necessarily draw me any closer to him.
Dear Paige, Let him guide you every day. He’s in control. Spend time in his word and learn to hear his voice. Learning to listen to Him is worth more points than you could ever add up.
Proverbs 3:5 – 3:6
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.