by Cheri Cowell
“Go light on the ice” my husband says to me as I head into the convenience store to get our Big Gulp drink. Now, you must understand, this is in direct contrast to how he normally likes his cold drinks. When we are at home he wants lots of ice in his glass. But when he is paying for the soda, he wants to get as much soda as he can in that glass, thus the reminder to go light on the ice. When the ice cubes aren’t filling up the cup there is more room for soda.
We are just like that Big Gulp cup when it comes to our hearts, minds, and souls.
Imagine for a moment that all the things you love in life are different flavors of Kool-Aid. My list of things would include my husband, family, gardening, home, reading, church family, and even a few vices like sweets and shopping. In my imaginary example, each of these would be a different flavor of Kool-Aid made into ice cubes to fill my extra large drink cup. However, if I fill my cup with all of those brightly colored ice cubes, I don’t have much room for soda.
God is the ‘soda’ I want in my cup, but I know that I often spend too much time making ice cubes and filling my cup with everything else so there is little room for Him. Are you relating?
Our Scripture today speaks about loving God with all your heart, soul, and strength. All is the operative word. But it is difficult to love with “all” when “part” of us is loving other things, even worthy things like charity work, church service, or helping others. The truth is, we seek more and more of these ‘other’ things because they leave us unsatisfied.
Loving God is the only thing that will quench our thirst. He must be first in our hearts.
If you are worn out making ice cubes and filling your glass with all kinds of things, ask God to help you identify those brightly colored and attractive things that are filling your cup. He will.
Then the next time you stop at the Heavens Gate 24-7 for a Big Gulp to quench your thirst, consider going light on the ice. You may be surprised at how much more room there is for Soda, the real thirst quencher.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5, NIV).
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Join the conversation: What are things that are filling your cup that have actually become a distraction to your relationship with God?