When the devil failed with two subtle temptations directed to Jesus, he took him up on a high mountain where he could see the whole world (don't take that literally!) and told him he could have the whole thing IF---.Jesus passed that test just as he had the first two (See Matthew 4.)
This morning in a new way I realized how that temptation applies to me, even to the Christ in me.
The whole world is at my feet, sure nuff. I have unlimited leisure, good health, and the world, just as much of it as I can absorb:
There's so much beautiful music to listen to, so many wonderful books to read, so many delightful conversations-- with a delightful wife or many delightful friends. There's only one thing I don't have (adequately!); I don't have God; all this other stuff usually gets in the way, plus a big ego that won't quit no matter how often it's deflated.
What about travel? Well Mark (middle son), Kim and Rennie (granddaughter) are in Munich; then they're going to Salzburg and Vienna and then Florence and Venice. Believe it or not, I'd rather they make that trip than me-- it would simply blow my mind. And besides I've already visited 26 countries (during two wars).
Anyway I was in Salzburg and in Vienna, where the Emperor said that Mozart's music had 'two many notes'; I had to agree with the Emperor about that.
Paul and Judith Larsen, our two dearest friends are in Bangalore. Now that would be nice; but population 6 million, oh my the traffic. I noticed they're looking for people to work in the coffee shops, desperate for help. Said to be the fastest growing city in Asia. Paul and Judith, you can have it. But be sure I will enjoy your visit, and the children's visit as well.
What am I getting at? I'm facing the fact that all this big, beautiful world at my feet is keeping me from God. I can't even go to sleep at night, he has given me so many of the lovely things to focus on. I try to focus on God, but something always pops into my mind to take his place.
Brother and sister, Friends, pray for me.