the TV and internet at work...Rachel Ray 30-minute meals made this awesome looking pizza, called Mega Meatball Pizza. What sounded so awesome about it was the dough. Before topping it she prepared the dough using EVOO (alot of it), fresh rosemary finely chopped, and salt and pepper; then baked it. This reminds me of the bread from Macaroni Grill that you dip in the EVOO w/ cracked pepper that they serve with every meal. That bread is a meal in itself as far as I'm concerned. So I think I'm gonna try this pizza.
Visited Beth Moore's Living Proof Ministries website and read one of the devotions her daughter wrote. Talked about how we make idols out of movie stars and sports figures and we may be contributing to their self-destructive behavior. She wrote, "At the end of the day, idolizing a person is as futile as worshipping a wooden statue, for both are corruptible and they shall both return to the dust. God alone is incorruptible, and not only does he alone deserve man’s worship but he is the only being who is not corrupted by man’s worship." Only after first recognizing the Creator’s masterful hand behind every facet of life should we appreciate and savor the talents and the beauty of another…and even then, let us tread carefully, for ours is a jealous God."
"In Romans 1, the apostle Paul condemns the human race for suppressing the truth of God; he says that we should have seen God’s invisible attributes through that which is displayed in the created world. He goes on to declare that we didn’t honor God, but exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man. We failed and continue to fail to rightly credit the Creator, and instead we worship and serve the creatures that he has created. When we gaze upon the beauty or marvel at the talent of another and we fail to recognize that it is God alone who is the author and the source, we are not only lying to ourselves but we are doing a great disservice to our fellow man.
I must remind myself this daily when I see someone advancing in the scrapbooking world or even someone who is an awesome speaker/bible teacher not to idolize them beyond acknowledging their talents as God-given and remember to give God all the glory, praising Him for the beauty bestowed before me and the teaching taught to me.
Thought it was an interesting view on idolatry and seems to be very fitting for today and society as a whole and how we seek out news about those popular and then wonder why they fall.
Right here God I am reminder of your gifts, that they come from you alone, your beauty is beyond compare. I worship you alone.