Jamie Reed - Database Administrator

Jamie Reed - Database Administrator

“What’s in it for me?”

This was my 9 -year-old daughter’s response to my prompting her to get ready to go to the grocery store the other day. My eyes got big and I said, “You’ll have food to eat this week.” I wondered, “Where on earth did she get that?”

I’m going to blame it on the movie “Annie” which she’s watched a lot this summer. Mrs. Hannigan says it to Mr. Stack’s assistant at one point in the movie. But, really, American’s seem to have this attitude engrained in their DNA. We do pretty much everything based on what we expect to get out of the situation. The truth is that sometimes, in God’s economy, the only thing you get out of the situation this side of heaven may be knowing you did right in the sight of the Lord.

Some of you know that the ladies have been reading the book “Anything” by Jennie Allen. We talked a lot about what keeps us from praying, “God, I’ll do anything you ask of me.” I think sometimes it’s because we want to know the answer to the “what’s in it for me” question. Our book posed us this question this week: “What if the true motive of my life and heart were to make God known for a few years on this earth?” Instead of thinking life is short; how can I make sure I enjoy every last second? We should think life is short; how can I make an eternal difference with the life God has given me?

I’m still right in the middle of my “anything” story. Oh how I wish I was on the other side to tell you how it all played out for me. But since I’m in the middle and things still seem chaotic and the situations playing out around me don’t make complete sense to me, I have no idea “what’s in it for me”. All I can do is live according to God’s word knowing that if the only thing I can say at the end of it all is, “I did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”, then it was worth it.

Another quote from our book this week says, “We don’t follow God just because he is God, just because he is boss. We follow God because he builds beautiful stories, even if they are not easy.”

Music is a great way to share the cries of our heart with God. These lyrics are my cry today:

Oh, O’Lord O’Lord You hear my cry

Your love is lifting me above all the lies

No matter what I face this I know in time

You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right

You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right

Rev. 21:4-5 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away. Then the One seated on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write because these words are faithful and true.”

– Jamie