“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Not for You

by Macy Johnson

“I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you,

but that you may live in a right way

in undivided devotion to the Lord.”

(1 Corinthians 7:35 NIV)


Friends recommended I watch The Chosen on Prime Video. My husband and I were captivated from the first episode by the authentic portrayal of Christ as He selected His disciples.


One of my favorite scenes is when Jesus initially approached Mary Magdalene. Mary was demon possessed and despondent as she reached for another drink at the local tavern. Jesus stood next to her and gently laid his hand on hers. She looked up into His compassionate eyes as He whispered, “This is not for you.”


I read one morning about a woman who suffered from primenesia, a malady defined as “Amnesia caused from over-ordering from Amazon. Forgetfulness regarding what one ordered.” (Urban Dictionary) I can relate to that. With several supplements and other personal items on my monthly subscription list with Amazon, I often suffer from primenesia.


This narrative sounds a lot like an Amazon commercial. Our culture is permeated with online ordering and streaming. The pull to view and/or purchase slowly creeps up and grabs by the throat. I only need to listen to the words of my Savior, “This is not for you.”


Our heavenly Father sent His Son and His Spirit to help us thrive on this planet. Some of His creations are very good and some things I need to leave alone. They are not for me. Only with His guidance and courage will I be able to push the trappings of this life out of the way so I may follow Him without restrictions.


I will turn from all that is not for me so I can enjoy more of what is for me - Jesus. I hope you will, too! 

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