So… This morning, while clearing my email notifications, I saw the customary weekend marketing push from Redbox. They got me last weekend… And THATS WHEN IT HIT ME.
My Redbox selection from last week is
sitting at the bottom of my purse…. OUCH!! (Can someone add that up?!? )
My week has been littered with late nights. No…not what some may think. Leaving work ….late. Getting to church…late, which means getting home….late. Oh, and going to sleep… Late! That’s been my week! Class, work, Church, planning, a little food (late of course), and minimal sleep are the items that glittered my hours this past week. I am grateful to God for every second of deliverance! However, there is something to be said about forgetting a costly DVD for S E V E N days.
I have seen the following scripture several times this week:
We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer. (Proverbs 16:1 NLT)
I made plans to return the movie the next day. That’s the beauty of Redbox, you only conveniently pay for the time you use. However, in a schedule like mine, with calendar alarms, written entries, and sticky notes (because I simply love sticky notes)… I still forgot my obligation.
Oh my… You mean it’s possible to commit and forget?
It is possible to go to God, beg and plead for a blessing; then you make that vow: Lord, IF You do xyz…. then I will do abc.
One, we need to stop attempting conditional negotiations with God. Especially since He knows our hearts and faults even now.
We also need to make time for purpose.
Let that sink in.
I committed to the movie by securing it with my bank card. I gave limited access to my resources with an open ended transaction. THEN… I didn’t hold up my end of the agreement and IT COST ME. Now it’s not the amount that’s being amplified here, it’s the principle. Our lives are so much easier to live, when we follow through with our commitments to God. We have obligations as Christians. Obedience, repentance, working out your own salvation, tithing, offering, and at the front of it all- serving. When we do do the things we are called to do…we pay for it.
You and I were created with purpose. Don’t let the “redbox” consequence encroach upon you… Do what you are supposed to. We are human and make mistakes, however we shouldn’t continue to make the same mistakes.