I was sitting on the front porch reading God’s Word this morning. John writes about the Pharisees’ rejection of Jesus saying, “They loved human praise more than the praise of God.” I’m afraid that if John were writing about me, I would frequently fall under the same indictment.

When it comes to the kind of car I choose to drive.

When it comes to helpingTabitha to excel more in public school than in memorizing verses of the Bible.

When it comes to working on my golf game as opposed to working on my marriage.

When it comes to “image management.”

Let me move to the more subtle.

When it comes to trying to “fit in” in a conversation rather than speaking the truth in love.

When it comes to doing what Greg Nettle wants rather than following the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Unfortunately, the list could go on and on.

God, help me to desire your smile more than the applause of this world. Help me to seek the light of your face more than the lights of this world. I want my heart, my life, my desires to be You.