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No Substitutions Allowed

This morning, I lost a constant companion, who has faithfully served me for over a year now.  Every morning I looked forward to the fresh cup of coffee that would await me, the tantalizing smell of roasted heaven wafting through the air gently awoke my foggy brain.  But not this morning, no –instead my friend remained stone cold and only spewed out a few meager grounds, but no water.  Alas I turned to a substitution – English Breakfast Tea yet only longed for the more robust flavor from———–

—–my coffee pot.

Possibly not life altering type of event, granted.  I will survive, yet the experience makes me wonder how often we run to substitutes when we should rely on a true source.   A friend told me a story about a co-worker struggling with a teenage daughter.  This co-worker constantly runs around their office seeking advice from anyone and everyone – mostly people who do not have children or experience with children.  A poor substitute indeed. This co-worker should seek advice from authentic sources – well – like my friend.  It makes me think this person reallydoesn’t want help but an outlet to blow off steam.  Lesson learned –go straight to the source – like the woman at the well.  She desired water, yet Jesus had better water –

John 4:10

New International Version (NIV)

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Don’t settle for substitutes.


4 thoughts on “No Substitutions Allowed

  1. Love the point of substitutions and it makes me think of just how easy it is for us to allow those substitutions to creep into our lives and also, the importance of those quiet times to allow God to speak to us about what our focus should be. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great post Suzy!!! So simple yet straight to the point – no substitutions I’m sure there is some relevant psychological/philosophical explanation to why we seek substitutions but to be honest I think your post says it all so clearly. 🙂

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