A commercial airing on television depicts a man described as “The most Interesting Man”; it goes on to establish his credentials by the most ridiculous instances imaginable. But, it does bring to mind the question, who is the most interesting man? I believe most folks would classify all sorts of men as interesting but who is on top on the list, is it Obama? He may not be the most likable, but one could make the case he is interesting. He is interesting enough that we might want to know more about him and his past, but we probably know more about the background of the guy doing the commercial than we do the early life of Obama.
Greetings: Two preachers were having a discussion one day on how to give a good sermon. The younger of the two commented on the elder’s ability to make the worst subjects interesting and was laying it on pretty thick, but the older of the two preachers avoided the temptation to take too much credit for himself. Instead, he acknowledged the abilities of the younger preacher and it greatly pleased the younger preacher hearing the exalting words from the older preacher. He couldn’t resist the temptation as the older preacher had been able to do; instead, he began bragging on himself and all his accomplishments. The older preacher seeing an opportunity played on the ego of the younger saying, “I’ll bet you could give a sermon and keep everyone’s attention on the most boring of subjects”. The younger preacher with his chest swelled out said, “I sure could”. The older preacher then challenged the younger preacher to do a one-hour sermon on the game of solitaire. The younger preacher accepted the challenge and began his preparations. The day came for the sermon to be delivered but the younger preacher was unable to come up with anything interesting about the game of solitaire; it had been more of a challenge than he had anticipated. The older stepped in at that moment suspecting from the beginning he would be delivering the sermon on that day. The older preacher began by comparing life with the game of solitaire, he stated,” Every game of solitaire is an opportunity to learn, not just win, but learn”. There are a million ways to win and a million ways to loose and winning and loosing is determined by the choices you make. You learn to make good choices and the results, you win more often. You learn quickly to avoid bad decisions and strategies that can cut your game short. You begin the game alone and you end the game alone; the only help you get for the duration of the game are the cards you’re dealt. At the end of the sermon the older preacher was inundated with compliments on his sermon and it wasn’t long before the young preacher approached him. The younger preacher was humbled by his inability to see the simple teachings from such a simple subject. The younger preacher asked the older where he had gone wrong with the subject and why he couldn’t see the obvious. The older was kind but blunt, “You thought too much of yourself, you wanted to impress everyone so much on your abilities to speak you forgot to look at the most important part of a sermon. Every subject has a lesson to learn from, whether its the bees, the birds, the trees, and even a simple game of solitaire. God made it that way so we could learn to be humble and seek his wisdom and the greatest lessons of all lessons come from his words”. How often we get so caught up in ourselves we forget the church belongs to Christ, not man. His lessons are for us to instruct those that don’t know his words, but we get full of ourselves and we think we know better than Christ and we own the church, not him. Simple lessons are all around us, especially in scripture, when you truly want to find truth, begin by looking there first.
Greetings: I heard on the radio the other day someone say; “What does it matter”? They were referring to a policeman upholding the law and this person thought the office was going overboard by doing his job. Does it matter if the police pick and choose which laws they want to enforce? Does it matter if we put our thumbs to our noses when it comes to the law and obey only those that suit us? What does it matter if someone robs you or what does it matter if we cheat in school. What does it matter if every teen is having sex with whoever they wish and what does it matter if we teach our children; it’s okay to be gay and same sex marriage is fine. What does it matter if the same kids have tattoos from head to foot and do drugs by the suitcase load? What does it matter if they can’t read or write by the time they graduate, surly that can’t matter because they are looking for a career in sports anyway. What does it matter if the Ten Commandments are taken off the wall or out of the public buildings? What does it matter if can’t teach our children about God and creation but they are forced to learn about evolution. It seems the only things that do matter today are those things that say; “you can go no further”, or “you’re wrong”. It matters when a lawsuit can be filed for frivolous reasons and it matters when their right to be stupid is infringed upon. To the world at large, God doesn’t matter or his truth because, the things that matter to God doesn’t matter to man and the things that matter to man doesn’t matter to God. You want to bet who comes out on top in this situation, not me, because God matters.
Greetings: The middle of the road may seem like a safe place to travel, but the middle of the road is where they plant the landmines. When we were in the far away places employed by good old Uncle Sam years ago; we were taught to walk off the road and any known trails. Ol’ Charlie, as he was affectionately known, was very adept at knowing where the right places to plant bombs for the optimal affect. If we avoid problems by walking the middle of the road we will eventually discover it is a self-destructive course. No one can maintain a natural position on everything just ask any politician, they spend much of their time there. The middle may seem safe at first glance but rest assured satan’s favorite course is the middle of the road. Getting off course can be just as dangerous; it is always wise to have a good moral compass to guide you on your way. We must keep the needle pointing towards God at all times to avoid getting lost. The path best traveled by Gods people is the one clearly defined by scripture. Another trick we used was to walk in the footsteps of the man in front of you; this way you were sure not to step on any landmines. We can stay safe on our journey in this life if we lean to walk in the footsteps of Christ. This world is called a jungle and its borders aren’t always clearly visible, walking where Christ walked will keep you safe spiritually. We were not always the best at walking the trails in far away lands so many years ago but with the right leader who knows the lay of the land, we knew we could come home safe. Christ is our leader in this world and he knows how to get us from point A to point B but if we don’t follow his instructions, it is at our own peril.