My friend and I were on our way to Costco to shop together. She had just upgraded her phone and I was glad she did as she was the type to not really care much about gadgets. But she knew the convenience in a way in keeping in touch with her relatives thousands of miles away. I had told her I prepared a list on my “sticky note” but we couldn’t find it in her widgets. So, after my son texted back the link, we were running out of time so I sort of nudged her to get up and hinted that it was time to go or else we would have very little time to get the things we needed.
I had passed by many aisles that housed some of the items I used to get. Unfortunately, they were not beneficial to our health. Like sweets. Salty cold cuts. Or other snacks that had no nutritional values. With my list, I got those few things on my 'sticky note' in just a matter of minutes.
“Done already?” my friend asked after we lost each other somewhere in the snacks aisles. Seeing that my cart was full, she was surprised I had already finished shopping. It was just full of the necessities that would not spoil like paper towels, dish soap and toilet paper.
“Yup,” I smiled at her, a little shy that I had left her when we enjoyed shopping together. I left her after I couldn’t find her. So, I found myself looking at my “sticky note” that came in very handy and prepared my decisions to not stray away from it…
“C’mon…I’ll still go with you and follow you to whatever you need…”
“That’s why I waited…I wanted to go shopping with you.”
Still surprised how I got done so quickly with shopping, off my friend went and pushed her cart ahead of me as I just browsed and kept pushing my cart without getting any other extras until we got to the cash register.
I don’t like gadgets, too. I’m not into widgets, apps or other things on the cell phone. If I’m able to send text messages and access my email, I’m happy. But I like that “sticky note”. When I pump gas and the pump is out of paper and won’t give me any receipts, I save the amount in my ‘sticky note’ so I can write it down later in my checkbook. When I need to get things from groceries, I use the ‘sticky note’. Very convenient sans a piece of paper and black pen.
The ‘sticky note’ prepares my heart ahead of time to choose wisely when shopping. It helps me be focused on just the needed items my family and I use.
As Christians, it’s just wise to prepare our hearts to be always strong and stable. The way we act and think are fueled from what’s stored in our hearts. The Most Special Guest resides in our hearts that we must aim in pleasing no one but Him…Jesus… We must replace the old sticky note in our hearts with a new one which make ourselves right with God. That is the necessary step.
“20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
His Word when etched in the sticky notes of our hearts will surely guide us and help us with our decisions. His Word will help us to fend the attacks of the evil one.
“15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)
So, I’m done shopping. Would you like to prepare a 'sticky note' and shop with me next time?
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.” – Proverbs 7:1-3 (NIV) -emphasis is mine...