Before I trusted Christ as my Savior, I lived my life gadding about for a career. I ended up attending vo-tech and learning auto-body repair. I loved it. I enjoyed the recognition in a job well done. I enjoyed the fact that my 1970 Firebird was a head-turner. I would gadabout town getting "thumbs-up" from other people cruising the loop.
I never fell into the trap of trying to earn God's love and approval by doing many good works for salvation, but I did fall into that trap after I trusted Jesus as my Savior. I helped on the building program, gave sacrificially to missions, preached the church service for Junior age kids, learned ventriloquism, went on visitation, went off to Bible College, founded a church in Idaho - which increased all my gadding about - all to earn God's approval.
Then along came Parkinson's and shut much of that down. Time to rethink things. Now, my service is a natural outcome of my love for God. God doesn't love me any less because I can't do what I used to do. I simply need to love Him and show that love by spending time with Him and worshipping Him.
God doesn't want me being a gadabout constantly trying to change my way for His approval. He wants my attention, not my busy-ness. The there is a temptation at times to return to
(world) - but that brings living in shame.
I could get bitter with God and be heartless ( Assyria
- a cruel warlike people).
I am learning to quit gadding about and learn God.
"Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of
, as thou wast ashamed of Egypt Assyria."
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