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Friday, May 17, 2019

I RESEMBLE THAT


How many times have I uttered this statement!   The statement was made famous by the "Three Stooges", specifically Curly~those great philosophers from my childhood.



The remark could be~"We do not allow the riff raff in the front door."  To which Curly would reply, "I resemble that remark."  It is a self demarcating stab at humor.

My dear friend can send me into spirals of thinking in any one conversation.  Recently we were discussing the things we spend a great deal of time doing.  They reminded me of the passage in Jeremiah which addresses man's propensity to become that which he chases.  The secret is to maintain balance in your life.  We become those idols we worship in life.  It could be success, wealth, learning, beauty, or fill in the blank.  When we begin to chase things of this world, we are surely stating what is important to us.

Gary Beole stated, "What people revere, they resemble either for ruin or restoration."  We can either revere the world and conform to it or revere God and become conformed to His likeness.  Jesus plainly tells us in Matthew 6:24,
"No one can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and money."  Strike through money and fill in anything else of this world.  We become what we worship and our worship is directly reflected by how we use our time and resources.

These conversations leave me soul searching and reflecting upon who I am.  Praying I do not resemble Jeremiah's admonition~

This is what the Lord says;
"What fault did your fathers find in me,
they they strayed so far from me?
They followed worthless idols
and became worthless themselves."
Jeremiah 2:5


4 comments:

  1. I understand what you are trying to say in this post; and mostly I agree with what you say.

    But I'm confused. Looking back at my life, there was/is nothing I idolised or worshipped. Not success, wealth, learning, beauty, or even filling the blank. I was told by my boss once that I lacked ambition. Maybe he was right. But I still somehow rose to senior management in a big multi-national business. Maybe there's something wrong with me. I'll confess to loving chocolates though, and ginger marmalade.

    God bless.

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    1. Chocolate might be a stumbling block for me, Victor. There is a problem only when we begin to spend a large chunk of our time and energy pursuing anything which has so eternal consequence. How are we spending the gift of time that God has given us?
      Blessings, My Friend!

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  2. May none of us pursue useless idols, but focus on following God and His will for our lives. Let's strive to resemble Jesus!
    Blessings, Lulu!

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  3. Amen, My Friend!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Blessings!

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Your comments keep my writing and often cause me to think. A written form of a hug or a pat on the back and an occasional slap into reality---I treasure them all!