Mummy: Sumie, obey God’s word and love Him with all your heart, soul and mind.
Sumie at age 10: Why?
Mummy: Because I said so.
Sumie at age 10: Oh, okie =)
As I grew up, “Because I said so” wasn’t a good enough reason to “give it ALL” to Jesus. There had to be something more. Something to drive what I was doing. A bigger WHY behind my WHAT’s. A purpose for the passion behind the pursuit.
Don’t you realize that everyone who runs in a race runs to win, but only one runner gets the prize? Run like them, so that you can win.1 Corinthians 9:24
What was this prize? What exactly was I working for here? Why pray for the salvation of housemates who prolly think all I’m good for is keeping expired food in the fridge? Why was I striving so hard to make it here when I’m going to be gone from Adelaide in a sneeze?
I was looking for something in it for me. An incentive, if you will.
I was looking for a doughnut.
Coincidentally, there are a few doughnuts lying around in the Bible.
Malachi 3:10, Ecc 11:2, Prov 3:9, Luke 6:38; to name a few.
Doughnuts are not always easy to spot. It’s an art. Examples, you ask for?
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse…Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. ~Malachi 3:10 ~
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse…Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much doughnuts that you will not have room enough for it. ~Malachi 3:10 ~
Trusting-God Flavoured Doughnut
O LORD Almighty,
blessed is the man who trusts in you.~Psalms 84:12 ~
O LORD Almighty,
Doughnuts is the man who trusts in you.
Funny thing about these doughnuts are that they are conditional. You always have to do something first, then get the doughnuts. It seems like one would carry out the conditions simply for the doughnuts. But something in the heart of a doughnut-eater KNOWS it isn’t ultimately about doughnuts.
It’s a desire to one day finally do it for all the right reasons, doughnuts excluded. An aspiration to want Him to dominate your heart; festering wounds and all. It’s an eagerness to eventually come to a place where the doughnuts don’t matter but you’re doing it simply because you love Him.
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only what you are expecting to give — which is everything. Katherine Hepburn