Not Quite Right

superbowlfootball607When I was a little boy, I stole a plum from H. G Hills Grocery at 20th and Charlotte. I ate it outside while my mom finished her shopping. As we walked home, with me pulling my red wagon containing the grocery sacks, something was not quite right.  My conscience hurt me. I never confessed but the following Friday, when we went shopping again, I discretely left a dime on the checkout counter. Now sixty plus years later sometimes when I pass the plum department at Publix I recall that heist. As far as I can remember, the plum caper was my first “official” sin; there have been many more since that day.  Most of them I prefer not to write about.

God is pretty up-front about what he blesses and what He doesn’t.  From one end of the Bible to the other, it is crystal clear that He never blesses behavior that is contrary to his will.  He never has and never will because He can’t. That would be contrary to his nature.  If a person lies, cheats, steals, assaults,  hates or sins in any way, but also does lots of good stuff in between and prays every day for God to bless him, I’m betting that the blessing will never come.

Lately there has been a lot of ink and digital content devoted to twelve footballs that somehow shrunk a bit during a recent big-deal playoff game. The quarterback said he didn’t know anything about it. The coach called a news conference to offer what he called “scientific proof” as to how the balls may have lost their mojo all by themselves. In the grand scheme of things it is really not a big deal. But obviously something is not quite right; the star quarterback and his coach have both taken a hit in public opinion.

In the “Vanderbilt” rape trial, which was a very big deal, defendant Cory Batey testified how he and his co-defendant went to church and bible study as usual the morning after their assault. I am guessing that might have felt a bit awkward and not quite right.

The rest of us sometimes also experience areas of our lives where things are also not quite right. Whenever that occurs, in our marriages, relationships, our private worlds, grocery stores or wherever, there are things we can do to turn things around if we will act quickly! Unfortunately, most of the time we refuse to do them.  Usually, what happens is we dig our heels in so deeply in denial that our pride takes control and what was once great is no more. Maybe that is why God put these words in the Bible.   First pride, then the crash— the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.   Proverbs 16:18  (The Message)

Something to Think About

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