Energy Enough For That
Deuteronomy 10:16; Colossians 3:5-10
General James Gavi wrote that the Army Air Force made paratrooper training as difficult and exhausting as possible. Nevertheless, the troopers always had enough energy to get into fights in surrounding towns. Even after punishing a group by marching them out all night and back the next day, many of those punished were back in town brawling on Sunday night.
This predisposition to pleasure – especially carnal pleasure – grows in us like barnacles on a ship. We have a legendary capacity to play and party. Duty we fulfill; pleasure we relish. We reluctantly yield to obedience but abandon ourselves to amusement. If Adam and Eve broke the one command God gave them, why would it surprise us that we break the ten God gave to Moses? Jesus intentionally made self-denial the heart of His teaching. He who gave His life to secure salvation offers discipleship only to those who surrender theirs to His direction.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone!
But By EVERY Word That Comes From God Above!
Deuteronomy 10:16, “Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer.”
Colossians 3:5-10, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.”
“But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,….”
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. – Epictetus
Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. -Albert Schweitzer