I like bargains....clearance sales, garage sales, thrift stores, etc. However, not enough to get in lines on Black Friday.....or even browse online for Cyber Monday. I like to find things that I think would brighten somebody's day. I have a hard time passing on a good deal....even if money gets tight. I can hear myself in my head start to reason....."it's only" x amount of dollars. But, even small amounts add up. I have had to stop and think before just putting items in the cart.
I've been dealing with some other "it's only" too. I've found myself watching TV shows or movies with swear words. I hear my family members, their friends and myself, slip up and let the words fly. At first, I'm rather disappointed. The more I hear it though? The more I tune it out. It doesn't seem as big a deal...."it's only" a couple of words.
I find myself doing pointless stuff to avoid doing the necessary stuff. Procrastination? YES! But, "it's only" a few minutes. However, the few minutes slip into 1/2 hours and hours of time that I won't get back and I pretty much wasted.....and sleep, still a battle for me to make myself go to bed.
I want to change my focus from "it's only" to THE One and Only as referred to in the verse below:
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (NIV)
I want to dedicate my money, voice, time, efforts, and life to Someone greater than the things of this world. Don't ever think "it's only" or I'm only (fill-in-the-blank) about yourself. God has made you in His image to be the "one and only" you.