November 10, 2009, "Consume or be Consumed By..."

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Stevens Criswell

"Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and glorious And His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion."
~ Psalm 111:1-4 ~

The parking lot filled with cars. Customers sporatically placed throughout the store. Employees working; stationed in their zones. Employees at their registers, others sweeping, some stocking shelves, several going through the inventory, three people at the customer service center, one in the bakery, a few in the deli, a manager going through the schedule.

Every day, like clock work, the stage is set, the doors are unlocked and the Open sign comes on and ACTION! It's another work day.

Today, I intentionally noticed as we were running our errands; there are people behind the scenes making things readily available for us to purchase and consume. The thought of every day people who represented this particular store, they are not only employees, but they are a sibling, a daughter, a wife, a mother, a husband, a father, a son, or a friend. As we go about our life, running our errands, checking off our 'to-do' lists, we many times have to intentionally snap out of the 'robotic' mode of life that it's all about us.

I was reminded that people I run into are not a backdrop to life, they are a person going through things. People going through victories or through defeat. Others going through a loss or a gain.

Today I am reminded that I can either be consumed by the daily grind of life; resulting in nothing left to give. Or I can consume Life that God has intended for me; resulting in appreciation for every breath I breathe.

I am amazed that if I take a look at people as a whole, we are all part of a story. Truly the main character is God Almighty; whether we live that way or not. As we go about our lives, we look at ourselves as the main character and others as an 'extra' on the set of our life. I no longer want to be guilty of this way of living.

My imagination sees an audience in heaven; innumberable to even count. The audience of heaven watching with great anticipation; to see lives touched on this earth with God's awesome ability to love, flowing in His great compassion.


  1. What a WONDERFUL post...I truly want to live life more "consciously," instead of "unconsciously" as most people. It is truly sad. I pray that God will open our eyes to the things that break His heart so that we might be His hands and feet...bringing light into the darkness. Bless you sister!
    With joy,

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