Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Breaking the Pattern...

There's a pattern here....

The more I run...the more I want to run.
The less I run...the less I want to run.

The more caffeine I consume...the more I want.
The less I consume...well, let's face it the raging headache wants it, but eventually I don't crave it.

The more sugar I consume....the more I need it.
The less sugar...the less the cravings.

The more pop I buy...the more I find myself heading to the fridge for another.
The less pop I buy....the less I drink.

The more I shop...the more I feel dissatisfied with what is in my closet.
The more I stay away from the mall....the cuter my closet seems.

The more I'm in God's Word...the more I feel I need it, the more I want it.
The less I'm in God's Word....the less I think I need it...and the Sarah who I don't particularly care for, emerges.

The more I love others...the more my selfishness diminishes.
The less I love others....the more the me-monster emerges.

Catching a pattern here? Other than the pattern that I have an addictive personality? *smile*

I've been reading through the book of 1 John in the Bible (thanks to my hubby.) It's a short 5 chapter book. Don't let its size fool you...it packs a punch. I have some internal bruises to prove it. The above list surfaced in my heart after reading it...I can't explain the connection exactly, but I know that God's not gonna let me run from it until I really, really get it.

I may be in 1 John awhile...

And...for your viewing pleasure (and because I have the uncanny ability to think of a DC Talk song for just about every subject) I give you one of my all time favorites which happens to also be a big theme of 1 John.


  1. It's true.

    Self discipline. A horribly beautiful word.

  2. Such a great post! And so true! Plus, I love DC Talk. That song is one of my favs. :)

  3. I'm going to have to boot Internet explorer 8 it does funny things to videos, namely, they don't show up at all!

  4. I LOVE that you love DC Talk as much as I do... and sadly, you are not alone on the addictive personality either. I am currently rutterless in between Bible studies.. think I'll give 1 John some studying myself. Thanks!!

  5. This is great & right & I need to remember to apply the truth of this lesson to my life.

  6. Wow. This is so good, Sarah. I absolutely needed to hear this today..."The less I'm in God's word, the less I think I need it...."

  7. We are studying 1 John in adult BS too! YAY! Good stuff.

  8. I heart that song.
    The nostalgia whisks me away to a time when life was simpler, and yet I thought it was 'sooooo, like, hard'.

  9. I find this very true for myself, too. Thank you for pointing it out if you figure it out tell me why this happens!

  10. And, of course, what do I focus on? You say pop!! ;) That's okay. We say "coke" for everything. "What kind of coke do you want?" "Dr. Pepper." LOL.

    Sorry. I'm so caffeinated today, lol!

  11. Definitely true. I hope you well in all your endeavors. Keep up the good work Mom! By the way, there's a new social networking site dedicated to parents and kids, it's called Bluepixo.com - it's a place for Moms, Dads, and Kids! Now, there’s even a chance to win a free iPod Nano!. It would be so nice of you to join our parents’ forums and polls. Thanks a lot and have a great day!

  12. I've been thinking about this every day since I read it. So true!

  13. I am blogging about you tomorrow, sort of... *smile*

  14. Love that DC Talk song and LOVED this post. So true, so simple and yet I often make it or act as if it is so hard. Silly me. :-)

  15. Love that song. Love this post. So true of me too. Moderation much? i wish I were so much better at over-indulging in the good for me stuff.

  16. So why is that, do you think?
    You are correct and from experience I agree whole heartily with you- but why is that? It is so frustrating to me!


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