Summer Blog Post 1: Quitting the Bubbly

Posted On May 30, 2009

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This summer the campus ministry staff will be using the front page of the Campus Christian Fellowship website to post various summer devotionals that we write.  This is the first of that series.

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Quitting the Bubbly

Right after graduation in mid-May I quit drinking pop and other caffeinated beverages.  I was drinking at least eight 16oz pops a day and it was time to stop.  I knew that I would feel lousy quitting soda.  I expected the headaches to come (and they did in less than 12 hours).  After only a couple of weeks my body is really crying out.  I am currently visiting my parents, and I am really sick.  Although I know it will be better soon, it’s still tough.  (I have a new appreciation for people who are trying to come out of addiction). 

I say all this not for you to feel sorry for me, but to make a point.  I am reminded what the writer of Hebrews said, “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Heb 12:7-11)

Even though the discipline I am going through is self-imposed, I really relate to these verses now.  The Hebrews writer makes two important points about God’s discipline. First, we must submit. “How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!”  There have been moments when my mind, heart and body are screaming for a pop, but I made a decision to submit to this process.  To submit to God’s discipline as a loving Father is a conscious decision that you make.  God doesn’t force his discipline on you; it’s YOUR ultimate choice to submit.  The challenge is to submit even when it gets rough.

But also understand this about God’s discipline: it has a purpose.  I know that when I get through what my body is going through right now, I’ll feel and be healthier.  It may be painful for the moment, but there is something good to look forward to.  The same goes for God’s discipline.  “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

The summer is a great time to allow God to mold you and shape you into what he wants you to be.  However you must submit to Him totally and completely.  Will you do that this summer?

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