2015-04-08 - Misled
Very often, when something is put on my heart writing-wise ,there is a song lyric or dialogue from a show or movie, that came to mind first or in conjunction with it. This time is no exception. My high school days were the Eighties, and the title of this is also a song by the group Kool & the Gang. The song has a subtle and captivating undertone musically, and it’s no accident, due to the subject matter. The writer of the song is discussing how physical temptations of passion can mislead him into a place that could be potentially dangerous. His heart could be broken, and/or his soul could be lost - and he can’t seem to keep from being led astray when it comes to this particular woman.
How different are we, when it comes to being misled in any way? Whether it’s a relationship, an addiction to food or any other substance, idolizing a person or idea, being addicted to our job, making our family an idol, making vacationing an idol, idolizing video games, getting caught up in service doing wonderful things and losing track of the original purpose and people we are serving - or really just anything that distracts us or pulls us away from God while are here in the flesh. None of those things, unto themselves, are necessarily damaging. And we can be very quick to point out someone else’s mistakes, and somehow can miss our own. In the song, the subject is asking for clarification from the woman, as to whether or not it is or was her goal to mislead him. I wonder how often we ask ourselves what our goals are, when we choose to involve ourselves in activities, good or otherwise.
As a personal example, I can tell you I struggle with consistently eating properly. Most of my life I have done well with it and I enjoy a balanced diet, yet as I’ve gotten older, I have found a couple of things to be true. One is I cannot eat things I used to be able to without suffering more. And secondly, I am more likely to have moments that I turn to specific foods to calm down when I feel stressed. It’s fine occasionally, yet when I make it a recurring pattern, I easily put on unwanted pounds and just don’t feel all that great. So I have to make it a point to be purposeful in how I eat, and also to avoid situations that I can binge whenever possible. Occasionally I will get back from buying a few groceries, and start getting hungry by the time I get home. Then I can find myself snacking on a little of everything I put away. Most recently, I made sure I grabbed some raw veggies and some almonds and cashews, a good way for me to snack. About a month ago just after my dog had recently had died, however, I had a chocolate binge, after not being hungry much for a few weeks. It’s OK for that to happen occasionally, but having a way of being accountable for our actions, whether it’s that or anything else we are doing, is necessary to avoid being continually misled.
Spiritually speaking. We can be misled also. And our fleshly desires can strongly affect our spiritual growth, although we don’t always think of that connection. When we are distracted by a plethora of different other things in the earthly sense, we can be less receptive of things we need from the heavenly realm. Finding a balance with what we do with our time, and how we take care of ourselves, is vital to our not being permanently misled. We have to want to be on the right track, most of the time, for it to happen. We were all tossed out of the garden by the actions of Adam and Eve, spiritually speaking - so keeping alert while we are here, and being focused on what God wants to do through us - is key to being the most content with all we are blessed with in this life. We were meant to enjoy our time on Earth. We also need guidance and discipline, to be able to do it. Join me in asking our Father for strength, to overcome being misled.
“And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” (Genesis 6:12)
All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.