277. Being Delighted and Delightful

“What delights you, Stan?” I asked him one morning.

“My number one delight,” he replied, “is God.”

Continuing, he said, “I delight in my wife, in family, friends, freedom, life in general, my time with you, my friend, and uncountable other things, but all of the things that delight me flow from my delight in God.”

“Let’s take this a bit further and look at it from the other side,” Stan said.

“In what way?” I asked.

“It seems to me,” he replied, “that being delighted is focusing on what pleases me. Thus, the focus is again on self. Whereas, if I focus on being delightful as well as being delighted, the focus is on denying self.”

“Delightful to whom?” I asked.

“Again God is first,” Stan replied, “and, second, is everyone God brings before me to delight.”

“If I am delighted in God without being delightful to Him,” Stan continued, “I have missed the mark.”

He then said, “That won’t affect my eternal destination because that was settled when I accepted Christ’s finished work on the cross, but it will surely affect my time on this side of eternity, as well as my being able to hear God’s ‘Well done!’”

“And,” Stan concluded, “missing the mark delights no one, except you know who.”

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Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes delight in my ways.  Proverbs 23:26.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you allow me to delight in you.  I do delight in you and all you provide for my delight.  You know how very often I am not delightful to you or to each person you bring before me.  I confess that and ask you to please forgive all of my times of being less than delightful.  And, Lord, please lead me in being only the delightful disciple you intend for me to be, doing only what you intend for me to do.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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