A couple going on vacation but his wife was on a business trip so he went to the destination first and his wife would meet him the next day. When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick email. Unfortunately, when typing her address, he mistyped a letter and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher’s wife whose husband had passed away only the day before. When the grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor in a dead faint. At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen: Dearest Wife Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.
.P.S. Sure is hot down here.
Sometimes our beliefs are our own worst enemy. We cling to age old traditions that were comforting to our fathers and their father’s before them. Then, being raised in the shadow of these beliefs, we raise our children in like ways. Its, funny, we can see traditions are not always the best friend when it’s someone else traditions, but when they’re tied to our own religion, we’re blind to the effects.
The best example of tradition gone wild, the carnival in Rio – people dance for 5 days until they pass out. Also, in Spain people spend their Sundays watching bullfights. Thousands of Germans gather in tents each year for their Oktoberfest – drinking huge amounts of their beloved beer. But when you add religion into tradition, we don’t recognize the warning of bad traditions. It’s like the heavy drinker not realizing they’re alcoholic, they can’t see the problem staring them in the face.
What traditions or beliefs in your life are dangers to you spiritually? Do the spiritual health check; Is what you do year after year in the name of God not match Christ instructions; if so, you have a problem. Have you searched the bible for a reason you celebrate what you do and you can’t find it listed with the pages; that’s a problem. Don’t let your beliefs of something that isn’t real destroy you. If the women in the story above knew what scripture actually says about the state of the dead, she would have laughed instead of dying. It’s just a story; that’s true, but it shows the shadowy line between reality and what we believe is truth.