Wrapped in Saran Wrap

The World is moving around you and you find yourself wrapped in Saran Wrap. If you breathe you can see your own condensation, dripping back on your head, chest and feet. You become soggy, damp and distressed.
Why one might ask? Maybe stymied in old ideas and ways that were soggy from the beginning. Or it may connote and or denote laziness and apathy. Neither laziness or apathy would be worthy in the ‘Book of Life’. If you are finding yourself wrapped and struggling to enjoy the breath of life with vitality and enthusiasm, check out some guidelines for eye popping change.

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1) Laziness- Proverbs 6:9-11=poverty. This pops the eyes for vision by warning us that poverty is avoidable, but not by chance. It must be diligently guarded against, as an armed robber breaking in your property. What would you do to save your property?
2) Laziness is a waste-Proverbs 18:9 and tells you the name of your brother, and the one you are just like. “He who is slothful (lazy) in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.” Are you a brother of the great destroyer of bridges or a brother of the World Savior? (John 3)
3) Laziness will bankrupt- if you don’t believe me read Matthew 25:26-30. What does your bank account look like?
If your Saran Wrap is seemly getting tighter and not beginning to unwrap for safe breathing, yell at old stifling apathy.
Ephesians 4:19 Amp.- “In their spiritual apathy they have become callous and past feeling and reckless and have abandoned themselves [a prey] to unbridled sensuality, eager and greedy to indulge in every form of impurity [that their depraved desires may suggest and demand].” Look at 4:18, “because of the ignorance that is in them.”

Dispel ignorance by opening and using the items in the Hope Chest that was prepared for you in your early youth by your Heavenly Father, your creator… a Hope Chest for you. It is packed with Faith, Hope and Love. Faith packed in the Hope of Love=Freshness, newness and a shedding of the old soggy Saran Wrap. The birthing of Wisdom. To open your Hope Chest of Hope, run to wisdom and study her ways in the form of an ANT, Yes, that is right a little ‘ant’ can unwrap your soggy old ways. Proverbs 6:6-11 “…Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider and study her ways and be wise….”

I am a friend of the Hope Chest our Father prepared for us, I Corinthians 12:13 “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three, the greatest of these is love.” Pursue love on this Valentine Day! Pursue love when you speak, Pursue love when you vote. Always pursue love so others can unlock Faith in Jesus Christ, who is love, faith and hope!

Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth. If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him. But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you’re letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you. (1 Corinthians 14:1 -3 Message)

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8 thoughts on “Wrapped in Saran Wrap

  1. LAZINESS, HMM. I would suppose that PROCRASTINATION is a goodly {or badly (~_~)} part of laziness with a fancy name. I saw that Sara has cited Proverbs 6:6-11 to illustrate the productive and fruitfulness of the tiny creature, the ant. This brings to mind another chapter, Proverbs 31:10-31, which has become known as the chapter describing the PROVERBS 31 woman. “She rises before dawn to organize her household chores after seeking spiritual direction from the Lord to guide her in her day’s work. She invests her income intelligently and wisely. She keeps herself physically and spiritually and intellectually fit. She opens her hand to the poor and the indigent. Strength and dignity are her garments. She rejoices over the future and doesn’t fear it She is an encourager and a comforter. Her mouth is full of godly wisdom and the law of kindness is on her tongue. Her husband and her children rise up and call her blessed
    Who could find such a one as this? Do you know anyone who fits into this description? It must be attainable or it wouldn’t be set before us in the Holy Scriptures.
    This must be the Bride of Christ…but that’s us!! The church! Oh what a lofty goal to strive toward. Like Paul says, forgetting those things which lay behind and looking ahead I STRIVE for the goal of the high calling of Jesus Christ. The Proverbs 31 woman certainly is anything but lazy, or a procrastinator. She certainly is not a Scarlet O’Hara….”I’ll think about that tomorrow” kind of woman. She exercises her gifts, as Sara pointed out and her life is far from apathy and indifference. Ah, what a concept….to be thoroughly overjoyed at life in whatever form God has given us and to be zealous and diligent in our approach to all the things we do. That is a dream I hope to attain someday .

  2. Saran wrap makes me think of two things: leftovers and ‘wrapped up in yourself’ (an expression my mother used to use about people who couldn’t seem to think about anything but themselves).
    I don’t think of myself as a lazy person. But as I think upon this blog lazy takes on a different perspective. If I have expended primary time and energy on a pursuit during the day that wasn’t cultivating the gifts Sara writes of and ‘proclaiming His truth in everyday speech’ than I have given God my leftovers, and maybe rotten ones at that. It amounts to laziness and apathy towards God’s interests because His interests are (I quote from above)to ‘Always pursue love so others can unlock Faith in Jesus Christ’. If others I come into contact with are not having their faith unlocked than something is wrong with me and my focus.
    Which brings me to thought #2 ‘wrapped up in yourself. When you are wrapped up in yourself (that’s wrapped up in saran wrap)you are bound, immobile, passive, etc. I know because I have experienced it. It results in depression and depression is a result or symptom of apathy and apathy opens the door for Satan to get a big foothold in your life. Sara has helped/coached me much in overcoming this passivity and continues to do so in blogs like this one. I have been reading a book on the internet by Jesse Penn Lewis (an author Sara has recommended to me before to read)called ‘War on the Saints’ and I thought this suggestion relative to what is discussed on this blog. It’s about overcoming passivity of the mind and reminds me of the ant.
    “1. Act as far as you can, doing what you can.
    2. Take the initiative, instead of passively depending on others.
    3. Decide for yourself in everything you can. Do not lean on others.
    4. Live in the moment, watch and pray step by step.
    5. Use your mind, and THINK–think over all you do, and say, and are.”

  3. If I read the above blog correctly…I believe “laziness brings about poverty, bankruptcy, and is a waste”. I’d like to share a couple of scriptures I read: Proverbs 13:4 “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.” Also, Proverbs 21:5 “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.”
    Lord, help us to pursue wisdom and love, with the “Hope Chest” you have provided. You have told us in Your Word: “Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.”(Proverbs 3:13-18) Over in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Your Word says: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” After reading this blog, comments, and scriptures; one can very easily see, that there is no room for apathy or laziness, when wisdom and love are pursued. Thank you, Sara, for these “guidelines for an eye popping change.”

  4. procrastination brings to the forefront of my thinking, “don’t delay or postpone action; put off doing something : it won’t be this price for long, so don’t procrastinate.” The parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25 gives a very graphic illustration of putting off what one should do today. The five virgins had no oil and in my way of reading without a doubt they knew they needed it, vs. 48 says the excuse would be or is “my master is delaying his coming.”

    In Needles’ comment scripture references….Proverbs: “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.” Also, Proverbs 21:5 “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” When I read these I think of how some parents prepare a beautiful useful exciting Hope Chest for their daughters and sons when they one day will have their own home. They will start with prosperity and will keep a “ray of hope” alive by working to add to this chest of hope for their families and other generations.

    The good planning is what I think we so often miss at opportune times. We work hard and wonder why it is not leading to our prosperity but the directives say good planning and hard work lead to prosperity. I must say I love planning even more that the doing. I think the planning is just magical as it brings such wonder to our lives when we start the doing.

  5. “The World is moving around you and you find yourself wrapped in Saran Wrap. If you breathe you can see your own condensation, dripping back on your head, chest and feet. You become soggy, damp and distressed.”

    The above words make me think of apathy (lack of enthusiasm, lack of concern, unconcern, uninterestedness, unresponsiveness, impassivity,) and this is lack of love and that is not Christ like for he had and has concern for all of us at all times.

    I believe the internet is one of the greatest tools we have to enlarge the ministry of Jesus and His love to the world. As He taught us to pray “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”

    Can you think of one spiritual gift that cannot be used via the internet?

  6. I know that Saran wrap is great for wrapping up food because it keeps the air out. If we have Saran wrap around our face we will die because it keeps the air from entering our lungs. We need to be careful that we don’t get lazy and keep this on our face, because we will die. James 2:26 “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” God expects us to work and not be lazy, just like we expect air to fill our lungs and not be stopped by Saran wrap. We must be wise about what laziness will bring to our lives.(as talked about above) Wisdom comes from God’s word. 2 Tim.15-17 “15You have been taught the Holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to recieve the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” Timothy is saying read the Scriptures, be wise, stop being lazy, get that Saran wrap off your face and go to work for the glory of God. 1Cor.15:58″So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthuiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” So what are we waiting for? Let’s take that saran wrap off, take a deep breath and work hard, making a difference for our Lord.

  7. WHOA, Chickenfarmer, you’ve got it! You wrote…James 2:26 “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.”

    The good works, what are they? Could it be possible that we do too much work and our work may just not classify as good works? Is it possible that we flop all around like a “chicken with their head cut off” and our works just become dead works like that chicken ends up, dead.

  8. Ephesians 2 gives us a virtual picture of life and death. Persons that are outside Christ are dead to God and to spiritual values. They have no spiritual life or understanding of God.

    2:10 says “we are His workmanship: When we receive the salvation and the faith He gives us, we are created anew, given us newness in our beginnings and nature. This is what prepares us for good works that He planned for us to do from the beginning.

    I am coming to see more and more each day just how hard it is to made the transformation of life. It seems we resist the transformation. Our memory seems to attach to what was and what we wanted when we were dead in our old nature. Life, the new life in the spirit is what is living, it is what is happening each and every moment. We need to let go of what has happened, that is dead, dead works, gone, over and as St. Paul said press for the new. That means force the old out and let the new in. Life in the spirit brings the good works. vs. 20,21, Paul talks about the life of the church, God’s temple. The church is living and it is not yet complete, people are still being added to it and we are living doing good works to do our part to add to God’s Holy Temple. It is exciting to do good works and watch the building of the church.

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