At What Cost

June 23


I look for the simple pleasures. We all do. But at what cost? Is it better to look for them? Or to just enjoy those God brings across our paths? I have to wonder what’s more pleasurable since it seems that if I’m searching for pleasure it probably isn’t from God to begin with. Are those man-made pleasures comparable to the organic pleasures experienced when found in God’s pleasure? Certainly not!

While I’m searching for simple pleasures, even the harmless ones, I miss those before me every day. A child’s smile, a neighbors wave, a friend’s helping hand, or a heart-felt thank you card left on your desk. When God sends you a soft spring day and some extra time to actually enjoy it… are these pleasures I would ever be able to find on my own or even manufacture myself?

What simple joys do you miss each day while searching for other pleasures? Take the time to stop and ask God two things, right now: first, what are those simple joys that I’ve been missing? And second, what do You desire, Lord, in the midst of my desire to honor You? I guarantee you… You’ll soon find enough pleasurable moments you’ll have so many you’ll have to start looking to give them away. And all it will cost you is the time it takes you to both notice and enjoy them.

Peace, to you today, friends! Sean Gutteridge


Today’s Scripture: 2 Samuels 7:1-3

1 Now when the king lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies,

2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.”

3 And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.”


One thought on “At What Cost

  1. Sean, if you mean this from the bottom of your heart, I want to issue you a challenge.

    My mother and (of course Thomas’s grandmother is 95 years of age, and lives in room 513 of Meadowlake Estates, 959 S. W. 107th Oklahoma City, Ok 73170 ​. ​

    ​The door pass code there is 2144* She is hearing and visually impaired. So you will need to plainly and rather loudly introduce yourself. She knew Lance when he and Ron were young and first met. She has a SHARP MIND. She has lots of basic life experiences, that she would love to share. Visit her. Listen. Ask questions. She will see clearly through those blinded eyes what love is. If you listen a bit, you will be a richer person. I assure you. Her lifetime has seen a lot of hard work. She was a caregiver, a mother, a wife to a man who became disabled in his early 40s, and suffered through the remaining years with on and off depression, being unable to accept he was not providing financially for his family (outside of social security) as he wanted. She cared for her aging father in law, her mother, a doctor’s family member, a tailors family member, many others. Some of those individuals were able to communicate with her. Others were not. It will be a different joy that time with your Ugandan family, but I assure you it will make you richer. Plus, what joy it would bring her for her to hear FROM YOU more about the country the environment where Tom and Justine live.


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