There are many things that are very useful in my life. On my list of useful things is my laptop, cell phone, vehicle, house, plus lots more. There are also people that are essential in my life; such as my wife, my children and grandchild, the pastoral staff that I work with, and many others. These are key parts of my life. Though each of us have things that are important there is the danger that we start making these things “a god” to us. You can tell how much something is a god to you by determining how much you are affected when you are with or without that item. We can easily get overly involved in one aspect of life, hence focusing too much on what is important and not enough on what should be “the most important”. If not careful these “stops” or times of focus can easily become subtle places of worship. In Deuteronomy 12:5 it says, “But you shall seek the place where the Lord your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go.” We need to ask ourselves, in what “places” do we spend too much time? Is this the right “place” for us to stop and let our hearts and our emotions become deeply involved?
Lord, guard my heart that I might stop to worship at the right “places”.