His answer: “My parents taught us that everything in our home was either an idol or a tool.”
So how do you view your possessions?
How does being a Christian relate to your thought life? Both at seminary and as I travel I find young men and women who’ve filled their minds with garbage, and then they ask me, “How come I’m not holy?”
How about your diet? If I scheduled a seminar at your church and then walked in drunk, you’d dismiss me immediately. But if I walked in fifty pounds overweight, you’d feed me more, right? Sure, after all, you really can’t have a Christian gathering without food… But maybe this is too convicting. On to something else.
How about exercise? Dr. Kenneth Cooper told an audience of about three to four hundred students at our seminary that by a regular, systemic exercise program, they could each add five to fifteen years to their ministry. Think of the implications!”
— Dr. Howard Hendricks, from his book Teaching to Change Lives (one of my favorites!)
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