It’s Tuesday at The Lake News, and that means one thing- paper prep. The paper goes to press in the morning, that afternoon it comes back, and we have to stuff it with ads. It’s not fun, like in the least bit.
Four of us stuff about 600 papers each. It takes about an hour. Your hands get all dirty from the ink. Your shoulder starts hurting. And it’s just completely tedious.
When I started to think about the word “stuffed”, many things came to mind. Things such as: food, Thanksgiving, Build-A-Bears, pizza crust, and then my life flooded my mind.
“Whew, I’m stuffed” is a very common phrase used when eating, but what are we stuffing into our lives/bodies besides food?
This is not something I particularly want to think about. Usually I’d probably try to avoid such a question. But today, since I didn’t have much to do at work, I began to ponder the question.
It’s so easy to fill our lives with all kinds of stuff, but is it really filling us up or just taking up space?
We stuff ourselves with relationships. We try so hard to find Mr. (or Mrs.) Right. We worry ourselves sick that we’ll never find the right person and that we’re gonna be single forever. I’ve done it, I’ll admit it. And I have seen many, many friends do the same. It’s a common girl thing. We stuff these relationships into our life when we know they aren’t healthy for us.
Another form of relationships we stuff ourselves with is friendships. Friendship is such a beautiful thing, and can be so blessed by God, but step back and analyze yours. What do you and your friends do? Do you spend time in the Word and in prayer or do you spend time in the bar and in gossip? I love my friends. I have a large variety, those that have always and will always be there for me no matter how long it is between talks or seeing each other. I have those that I can talk to absolutely anything about, and they encourage and support me throughout it all. I have those that help strengthen my relationship with The Lord, sometimes not even in a direct way. And then I have those that sometime get me in trouble, but help keep life fun and exciting. Each friend has helped grow and shape me. Not all of them are Christ-centered, but that’s okay. Because if all we had were Christian friends, how could we tell others about Jesus? I love my sinner friends, just like you should. But be careful. Are you being more of an influence on them or them on you?
We stuff ourselves with ways to try and find acceptance and a false sense of self-confidence. We spend money on things we don’t need to impress people we don’t even like. It’s crazy. We just want people to like us. I know, I’m 20, I get it. I’m there. But guess what, there were a lot of people that didn’t like Jesus and look at all the lives he was able to touch and forever change. If we want to be like Christ, we have to live differently, and some people aren’t going to like that. But we don’t have to worry, because God will protect us.
“Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:13-18
We stuff ourselves with so much that wastes our time. We put so many simple things above spending time with God or our family or helping others. We fill our lives with so many things of the world that don’t matter at all. We strive to make the most money, have the cutest clothes, marry an awesome husband, and have beautiful children. But what does any of the matter if it doesn’t revolve around Christ. Christ should be the center of everything. We should be hungry for Him, stuffing ourselves with the teachings of His Word.
It’s so easy to quickly grab the things of this life and put them in our lives, thinking they’ll satisfy. But they will soon run out. The only thing that will completely fulfill your life is the forgiveness, love, grace, joy, and life given to you by a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Just like stuffing newspapers, when we stuff our lives with all of these different things, they waste time, make a mess, and cause pain. These things are sinful, worthy, and temporary. And there is absolutely so many more things that we stuff into our lives, but these few things just came to mind first.
I pray that you are so fulfilled by the spirit of The Lord that these other things won’t even be appetizing. I pray that you crave the things of The Lord, and see His will above all else.
“Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.” 1 Peter 2:2-3.
P.S. I’m currently studying 1 and 2 Peter, so hope you like it! Haha. These are two of my favorite books of the Bible. It is full of so much wisdom and guidance for believers. Check it out!