More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord from Phil 3

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Last week was Thanksgiving. I always love thanksgiving, it so fun to be with friends and family and stuff your face on amazing food! This year, I tried slathering my entire 20 lb bird with herb and garlic mayo! It was pretty epic if I do say so myself. And Thanksgiving is usually a natural time to sit and think about all that we have, all the stuff, and be thankful. And most of us are also looking forward to the next holiday, at the same time. Thinking through all the stuff we want and the the stuff we need to buy. So this verse is a bit of a contrast to all this “stuff-ing”.

I listened to this sermon online this morning. Since, I am the Family Ministries Director at Cornerstone, I spend most Sundays with kids during church, which I LOVE! So usually, I get to listen to the sermon for the first time online. I was sipping my coffee this morning and listening to these words above…”I count all things to be loss…”. Those are heavy words for me to chew on right now. It is hard to look around at my life, and consider those things a loss in comparison to knowing Jesus. I know in my head that I should say that, but my heart isn’t there yet. There are so many moments when my kids, my husband, my “stuff” is at the front of my mind so much more than Jesus. I am greatly in need of the Holy Spirit coming into my heart and making me want Jesus more than anyone or anything else.

Holy Spirit, I admit I am not there yet. To be honest, this verse does not describe my heart most days, but I want to. I know you gave up everything, to be with me. And I want to have that same devotion to you. Would you continue to make this verse truer and truer in my life each day. Amen.

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