E-votional  No Substitute
April 17, 2001
"Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit."
-John 10:1 (NRSV)


As people who search for satisfaction and wholeness in our life, we have developed many different approaches to achieving this.  Self-help books have a whole section in books stores, infomercials bring our attention to the ab buster the butt buster and the thigh buster.  Regularly, people ingest something short of speed, hoping to increase their energy and metabolism.  Relationships, jobs, and families experience the same.  The irony is that we build walls and fences, through education, rearing, and our own experience that should help us to recognize the true and right from the false and even harmful.
Hear the Good News, God embraces and cares for all that exists with divine love and compassion.  All that exists includes you.  When we turn to God, and away from the many other satisfaction seeking and wholeness seeking substitutes, we find exactly what it was and is that we were in fact looking for.  When we drop the many relationships and have one true one with God, everything changes.  Family, friends and even the relationship we have with our self, they all become more healthy and more centered.  Because you see, God more than just another relationship, God is the one relationship in which all others are grounded.  The search for popularity, power, success, sensual pleasures, respect and acclaim fall away.  Having God as our central relationship removes the false relationships and desires  from our life, allowing us to live the life God has called us to live.
Oh Father, I wander, I look and seek things to bring a sense of balance to my life, but when I fail to start with You, it is never plumb.  Grant me health, both of the body and the spirit, that I might live the life You have called me to live.  Remove the false securities from my life that I might find the true grounding of my faith.  Thank You Father, for all You have done in my life and all You will continue to do.  Amen.