THE FORGOTTEN COMMANDMENT

Cochran FamilyBY: Marla Cochran

E-MAIL ADDRESS: cochrangang2004@gmail.com

BIBLE TEXT: Exodus 20:17: “You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or ANYTHING else that belongs to your neighbor.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION:

Dear Life Family:

I avoid volunteering to write for Day in the Life because it seems every time I agree to write God asks me to be completely transparent and bare my soul to all of you, but here I go again.

I have found myself struggling with coveting. I think it is one of the ten commandments that we kinda skip over, don’t quote, don’t talk about, or even teach about it. If we were completely honest with each other, we all break this commandment daily in small ways like wanting someone’s dress or wanting someone’s new car.  As a single mom my heart’s desire is to provide my boys with their hearts’ desire, but I also have to teach them that it’s OK to desire things as long as we don’t sin. I have to lead by example and herein lies my struggle.

I struggle with guilt because I can’t provide them with the newest clothes, newest game console, the best birthday parties, or the big stuff like a room of their own room or a backyard to play in. I too have desires and wants and I struggle with coveting — even bitterness and jealousy — because someone else is getting what I long for and I struggle just to put a roof over our heads and food on the table. I struggle with the why and when. Why can’t I have that? When is it my turn? Lately it has been really hard for me to feel genuinely happy for people in my life that are finally getting their heart’s desires, like friends buying houses or sisters having daughters, friends that are dating and/or found their person. It is even hard to hang out with dear friends at times that are happily married even though I love them dearly. But this is my truth, this is my reality, this is where I am right now and when God says, “Write this and share,” I write it and share.

PERSONAL APPLICATION: So now that I am fully aware of my recent issues I am working on them daily. I am trying to be more positive about what I do have and stopping the focus on the things I do not have because why would God bless me with more when I am not grateful for what I do have? He knows my heart even better than I do and He wants to bless me and take care of me. As much as I desire to provide for my boys God cares much more for me and for you. Let’s be happy and content together in the small things, resting in the confidence and assurance of God’s love for us, knowing that He knows what is best and in His timing is better than ours.

PRAYER: Lord please help me to be content where I am. Help me to be thankful for the many blessings in my life. Help me to find joy in all you have given me and wait patiently on you. Help me to be a good example of joy and thankfulness to my children and those around me. In Jesus name I ask these things, Amen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I love the Lord with all my heart. I am a single mom with 2 wonderful boys and I love my church family!!!

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