I love the story about the little three-year-old boy sitting on the toilet. His mother thinks he has been in there too long, so she goes in to see what’s up.
The little boy is sitting on the toilet reading a book. But about every 10 seconds or so he puts the book down, grips onto the toilet seat with his left hand and hits himself on top of the head with his right hand.
His mother says, “Billy, are you all right? You’ve been in there for a while.”
Billy says, “I’m fine, Mommy. I just haven’t gone doody yet.”
Mother says, “Okay, you can stay in there a few more minutes, but Billy, why are you hitting yourself on the head?”
Billy says, “Works for ketchup!”
Sometimes what makes sense to one person doesn’t make sense to anyone else. So often what Jesus says makes no sense from a worldly standpoint. To win we must surrender? To live we must die to self? We must love our enemies, forgive those who hurt us? Humble yourself and be exalted? All these make little sense to the world, but to the Christian it makes perfect sense! Why? Because we know Jesus and we trust in His wisdom above everyone else.
23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
It has been said that behind every great man is a great woman. This also is true when it comes to wisdom. Guys tend to ask their significant other for wisdom, especially with kids. I recently read a story about a woman whose husband was taking care of their new daughter, but always wanted her advice on how to deal with her. When she was in the shower, the husband poked his head in to ask, “What should I feed Lily for lunch?”
“That’s up to you,” the wife replied. “There’s all kinds of food. Why don’t you pretend I’m not at home?”
A few minutes later, the wife’s cell phone rang. She answered it to hear her husband asking, “Yeah, hi, Honey. Uh…what should I feed Lily for lunch?”
I tell you that because there are times when you wish you had someone you can turn to at all times. We do have that someone. His name is Jesus and as the old song goes… “Jesus is on the main line.. tell Him what you want.” He is always there waiting to hear from you. So why not go to Him for some advice today.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
I heard the story of the woman driving through the mountains west of Denver when she ran into a snowstorm. She was completely lost and then peered ahead and saw a four-wheel drive pickup with a blade on the front of it. Since she was lost she decided to follow the truck and kept as close to the machine as she could while it removed snow from the road. At times the blowing snow almost cut off her view, but she kept following the truck. The truck would go up the hill get to the top and make a “U-turn” and go back down the hill. She faithfully kept following the truck. After about the third time that the truck went up and down the hill, the truck stopped, and its driver got out and walked over to her car. “Lady, where are you going?” he asked. “I’m on my way to Denver.” she replied. The truck driver replied, “Well, you’ll never get there following me! I’m just plowing my drive-way!”
Who you choose to follow in life is important. Before you decide to follow, make sure you know where they are going first.
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.
It’s hard to stay mad at someone when you are praying for them. I once heard a preacher say that when his two kids would have a fight, he would make them stand facing each other, hold hands, and then pray for each other. He said that it worked like a charm.
God wants us to be a people of prayer. He also wants us to be a people of unity and love. And isn’t it amazing how they often go together.
So who are you mad at? Why not pray for them today?
1 Timothy 2:8
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.
A young man visiting a dude ranch wanted to be “Macho”, and went out walking with one of the hired hands. Walking through the barnyard, the visitor tried starting a conversation: “Say, look at that big bunch of buffalos.”
The hired hand replied, “Not ‘bunch’ but ‘herd’.”
“Herd of buffalos.”
“Sure, I’ve heard of buffalos. There’s a big bunch of ’em right over there.”
Sometimes even with the best of intentions, we just come across wrong. We try to act tough or smart and look dumb in the process. We try to lighten the mood with a good joke and it comes across as sarcastic and mean. Sometimes we just don’t come across the way we mean to. What is the answer to this? Forgiveness and understanding. And if this is what we want to happen when we do these things, shouldn’t we do it to others as well?
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Craig’s two kids are in the same class at school, and the teacher had the class write reports about their pets. After the reports were all turned in, the teacher called one of the youngsters up to her desk and scolded him.
“This report on ‘My Dog’ is exactly, word for word, the same as your brother’s. Did you copy from him?”
He replies, “No Ma’am. It’s about the same dog.”
Even though lives are similar, each one is unique and special. There is no one like you. God made us each special and unique. And everyone’s impression of us will be a bit different because they are all unique. God made us each to be us. Remember that, especially if you are trying to be someone you are not.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
The story is told of a man who was sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room. He kept saying out loud, “I hope I’m sick. I hope I’m sick. I hope I’m sick.” Finally the receptionist asked, “Why in the world would you want to be sick.” He said. “I’d hate to be well and feel this bad.”
Sometimes we approach life the same way. If I am not feeling good, or if my life is not going the way I think it ought to be, then that means that there is something wrong with me, my faith, or something else. Sometimes we just have bad days. They are a part of life. What you do with a bad day is endure it, go back to bed, and pray for a better day tomorrow. Remember, it is just one day out of 365, and that is in just one year. I’m sure a better day lies ahead.
24 The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.