I had to ask myself: am I trying to peddle God Word? Am I throwing out a gimmick for people to hang onto? Am I trying to live my faith by a gimmick and system?
I don't think so, but it is something we can fall into so easily. We are drawn to gimmicks because they're easy. I freelance for publications. One of the easiest articles to write and sell is lists. A list of the best Christmas presents. A list of steps how to conquer a problem.
Lists are fine, but when it comes to relationships, they aren't a good thing. When we try to approach our family relationships or our relationship with God with 1, 2, 3 we are taking the relationship right out of it. We are approaching those we love as a problem to tackle or as something to check off our list rather than a person.