Who decided wrinkles are unattractive and to be avoided at all costs? What if we’re thinking backward on this issue?
Where is it written that a baby’s skin is the ideal? What if the skin of a baby is really under-done and the ideal is a mature-looking face? What if we looked at a baby’s soft, flawless complexion and thought, “Oh, that’s too bad. Well, give it time.”
Who decided gray hair isn’t our goal? Some of us had to wait decades for the privilege.
Who decided the standard for a successful life is measured by how busy it is?
Who first decided an unhandicapped life is the only kind worth living?
Who decided 85 is a “good, long life” but 45 isn’t?
Who made us think quiet equals lonely, and alone is a bad word?
Where is it written that no matter what your dress size, the figure you want is at least one size lower?
Where did we get the idea that our household cleaning routines are to be repeated once a week? Why not every nine days, for instance?
Who said 24 hours wasn’t enough? Not God.
Who said happiness is the purpose of marriage, so if happiness is absent the marriage should be discarded? Not God.
Who decided this life is the really important thing and what happens after it’s over is merely a bonus or extra credit?
What if the things we’ve taken for granted haven’t been true at all? What would we find if we let God tell us what has value rather than assuming the opinions of the world?
PRAYER: Father God, too often I’m quick to accept what the world tells me and slow to adopt Your way of thinking. Give me eyes to see the truth and courage to resist false assumptions. Your ways are not only better than mine, but smarter.
VERSE: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, saith the Lord,” Isaiah 55:8 KJV.
Today’s devotional is by Cynthia Ruchti, writer and producer of the radio ministry THE HEARTBEAT OF THE HOME and current president of American Christian Fiction Writers. Cynthia’s debut novel—They Almost Always Come Home—releases from Abingdon Press in Spring 2010. www.cynthiaruchti.com.