"A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I read this quote earlier today and was moved by it. Emerson was a pastor in a Christian church early in his life. He then lost his wife and began to pull away from the church. Eventually he spearheaded the Transcendental movement in the 19th century. I wonder at what point in his life he wrote this.
I read this quote and am both inspired and convicted.
I have read through it several times and I completely agree with Ralph on this topic. He's right.
We all worship something.
What we worship determines who we are.
I especially love the last line...what we are worshipping we are becoming.
I pray that is true of me.
I believe that is the true goal of God-worship:
To become more like Christ.
If we are not becoming more like Christ ...
we probably should be asking the question ...
what are we really worshiping?