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Monday, June 15, 2009

My Daily Encounter With Buddha

I daily encounter Buddha. My next door neighbors on both sides are friendly, kind to the children and I truly love my neighbors BUT... the man next door has built a pond with a pretty little fountain and beside the pond he has placed a rather large statue of Buddha. This statue has crossed arms, a pointy head and he happens to be a straight shot out my kitchen window - so daily I am encountering Buddha!

Normally when I look out the window I notice the birds, squirrels, flowers and sunrise. Then this Buddha statue arrived and began to taunt me each morning. I briefly discussed Buddha with the neighbor man while my children listened intently. Once inside, I read to the children out of Exodus 20 where we are given the ten commandments. Commandment #1: "You shall have no other God's before me." Commandment #2:"You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below."

Are you daily encountering a Buddha in your life? You see in America we don't think we are idol worshipers but an idol is anything you place before God. What is your idol? Could it be your children, your husband, your identity, appearance, clothes, house, car or a sport? What do you trust in more than God - could it be your family, money, or your job? What sort of sacrifices are you willing to make for your idol? Whatever is getting the most of your time and resources could potentially be your idol.

Is there something that you habitually are drawn to that controls your emotions? When the number is low on the scale you are happy. When the number is high on the scale you are sad. When the kids behave well you are happy. When the kids don't behave you are sad. When you get to go shopping you are happy. When you have to stay home you are sad. Is there something that you have built your life on that if it fails you will be destroyed. For some - getting a baby or a spouse is their savior. They seek it with all their might because they believe it will give them meaning and purpose rather than finding that in God alone.

Mark Driscoll says "we worship our way into sin, and we have to worship our way out." In many churches, we chase all the problems people have and try to help them solve their troubles in the areas of marriage, food, money, alcohol, addictions etc. but the root problem is idolatry!

Often times we create mini-idols in our life and anything that comes before God will lead us into sin. So the only escape is to turn our eyes back to God and worship him alone. If money has a grip on you - begin to give it away - break that grip. If the scale has a grip on you - throw it away. If your stomach is your god, turn to God for comfort and stop eating comfort foods - the Holy Spirit is the only true comforter. If the television has a grip on you - unplug it.

If your children have a grip on you - stop worshipping them or they will be spoiled rotten and of no kingdom use! There are stadiums filled with little gods with numbers on their backs and their parents sacrificing everything for them to be the ultimate god in their sport. If you make people your god they will be crushed under the weight of your expectations. They were not created to be our gods and cannot live up to our expectations.

Nothing in all creation should have a tighter grip on you than your hunger and thirst for our Creator. So today I urge you to take a hard look inside yourself and ask yourself - has something replaced God as my idol? That Buddha next door was taunting me - but now it just simply reminds me each day to turn from my own mini-idols and worship the one true God alone.
If you have an extra 3 minutes watch this video made by John Piper's Desiring God Ministries - it goes along perfectly with today's theme.

Walk with the King!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courtney, once again you get to the "heart of the matter." I love it when the Lord speaks to me - and it's often on your blog!!! Thank you for the great reminder and challenge. In Christ, Jenny C.

June 15, 2009 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Kristi_runwatch said...

Great post, friend! I think idolatry is a much more serious issue in our lives than most of us realize...

June 15, 2009 at 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So very true. Lots of things "look like Buddha," in addition to the actual Buddhas, too. Interesting that God began with that commandment first. If we keep that one, the others follow. Thanks, Courtney!

June 15, 2009 at 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you make such a great point! if we "worship" our children then we aren't training them the right way and they will be useless to further God's Kingdom. excellent post!

June 15, 2009 at 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree the heart of your point, but did u know and this is very interesting, as u know Buddha(Siddhartha Gautama) himself warned people to consider him as a God and in the very end of his days he clearly announced to people (and this is documented and known f.e in Thailand) that " there will come a person after me, who will take sins away". Now my friends who are missionaries have used that as a gate between christianity and buddhism in Thailaind, successfully.BTW buddhism IS in America in a form of mindfullness and other what are called third wave psychotherapy and it is extremely fast becoming a golden standard in treating anxiety, depression.. and it already is a golden standard when treating borderline personality, this all has changed in about 5-10 yrs time

November 7, 2010 at 3:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry about the grammar mistakes in my post, above.Of course Siddhartha didnt use a term sin, but an equivalent to that

November 7, 2010 at 3:42 AM  
Blogger Greg and Linda, Hayley, Jacob, Zachariah and Aaron Wilson said...

Thanks for a great thought to go to bed and sleep on.

November 16, 2010 at 5:27 AM  

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