I'm Abe Wolfgang, an Electrical Engineer, writer, Father, husband, and full-time lover of story. I blog about those stories, how they impact us as humans, and why they are important. Occasionally I write my own as well.

What do you worship?

I have discovered something humorous about my son.

He worships food.

Also, being outdoors.

Really, who can blame him though? Food is pretty awesome (especially the stuff his mama makes), and being outdoors is possibly the best place one could be. Oh, and he's sixteen months old, but that probably doesn't have anything to do with it. At all. Nope.

In all seriousness though, there seems to be a pretty simple test to determine whether or not you worship something: look at your reaction when it goes away. In the case of our toddler, if you try to bring him in from outside, or if you take away his food it is the end of the world, and he will let you know it. If you lose something, or break something, does it ruin your day? Do you skulk away, question God, panic, worry, or do everything in your power to get it back? It's very likely that you are worshiping that thing.

Money is an easy example and way overdone, and anything involving death can be very difficult to talk about, so let's take your career for example. Ah, the career. Simultaneously nebulous and polarizing. You love it, you hate it, but if you lost your job (or worse: the ability to do your job), what is your first response? If it's not something like, "All right, everything will work out just fine," you might be worshiping your job/career.

This may not just be a mental exercise. Do you worship Facebook? The Internet? You might say no, initially, but try going without them for a little while. See what happens. Disconnect your router. It's an experiment, it doesn't have to be for forever (but what if it was?).

This all brings me to the point: the things that you worship are the things that are most important to you. They may not be the things that you say are the most important to you, but they are all the same, and it may be that you need to reevaluate some things to make your priorities line up. As a follower of Christ, I want Him to be the only thing that I worship, which means evaluating every single aspect of my life under that lens. That doesn't mean neglecting my responsibilities to family or friends or career, but seriously considering what place those things have taken in my life.

I challenge you to do the same.

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