How NOT to Please God!

February 3, 2016 in Inspirational

Probably we don’t arise with the morning sunshine and think, “I wonder how I can tick God off today.”  In fact, if anything, we rise with a hope that it is a  new day and maybe we’ll do better today than we did yesterday. If we had to make a list of yesterday’s events, we might see a few things that prove to be less than our best.  The writer of Proverbs 6:16-19 had some thoughts on things we do that simply do NOT please God no matter what.  Let’s look at them.

God doesn’t like “snobbish eyes.”  Hmmm, did you ever notice someone who seemed to look past you, or who had such an air of self-importance, you just couldn’t connect with them?  We probably would admit that we don’t much like people who are arrogant or self-centered.  Mostly we don’t like the fact that they close the door in our faces, and maybe they even do that to God.

God doesn’t like “a lying tongue.”  That lying thing is tricky.  Of course, we all know what out and out deceit is all about and we avoid that, but sometimes “little” lies creep in, or that dreaded thing of lying to ourselves makes an appearance.  What we say impacts everyone around us and God knows the truth of us, so there’s no reason to lie to Him.  That must be why the “truth sets you free.”

God doesn’t like “hands that spill innocent blood.”  Well, we feel pretty safe on this one because we would never even imagine taking someone else’s life.  But, we may not be totally off the hook if we allow poisonous words to linger in the heart of someone we love.  Our words and our example can make a big difference and even kill someone else’s spirit.

God doesn’t like “a heart set on wicked plans.”  It seems like we read about this story in the paper every day. God isn’t the only one who doesn’t like this.  Let’s pray to be protected from those who have wicked intentions in the world.

God doesn’t like “feet that run quickly to evil.”  Okay, this one is easy…run away…just run away.

God doesn’t like “a false witness who breathes lies.”  The courts are overcrowded with the law suit makers and those who take an oath to tell the truth, but don’t.  I’m starting to see a pattern here. Aren’t you?

And finally, Proverbs says, God doesn’t like “those who create conflict among relatives.”  Wow!  Family dramas abound and usually someone in the family is keeping the flames of discontent alive.

Well, I know that our aim is to do all we can to please God because we want to be obedient to Him and loving toward each other.  Happily He forgives us when we make a mess of things.  Sometimes though, it helps to remember that there’s a fine line between those things that please God and those things that grieve His heart.

Let’s stand together and do all we can to make God smile.  image016



Missing Matt Dillon

July 27, 2011 in Inspirational, Uncategorized

I guess growing up in the Gunsmoke era meant that I was gently exposed to the rough and tumble West and its struggles with good and evil during my formative years.  Fortunately for me and all the other viewers of this classic TV show that ran for twenty years, we had Matt Dillon to keep everything straight for us.  James Arness brought Matt into our lives and reminded us that things like honor and truth existed even in those dusty corners of early TV westerns.   I find myself pining for Matt Dillon to make an appearance all over again to bring back the code of the West that allowed the good guys to win.  Today’s cop shows that go to great lengths to put the gruesome realities of the crime in your face and those money-making reality shows that leave you wondering whatever happened to common sense,  make it look like nice guys don’t actually stand much of a chance.  Matt Dillon lived on biblical principles and even kept his relationship with Miss Kitty at an always respectable familiarity. He was an honorable man and the producers of the show wanted us to believe in him.  We did.   It was good TV.

Personally, I’m still rooting for the good guys, the ones who respect the ideals of law and order and make all of us feel like we can be safe in our own home town.  It’s hard for me to imagine what it’s like for girls growing up now, teenagers with no heroes to speak of, no sense that justice prevails.  If I had to reflect on life from the vantage point of all I see on The Shield or Lost, I might not know where to hang my proverbial cowboy hat because chaos seems to be the order of the day.  The other night, I had a chance to go to the American Idol tour in Orlando.  It was faithful in the sense that it showcased the talents of the fabulous young singers from the TV show.  It was flashy and loud, maybe too loud at times drowning out the powerhouse voices and causing them to have to scream to be heard, but it was  great.  I couldn’t help thinking that if each of us worked as hard as those kids did to give our best to our work, or to our life for God, we’d all be a force to be reckoned with, but that’s for another day.  The point I wanted to make is that the show took on a whole different pace when Scotty McCreery came on with his deep cowboy voice, allowing us to hear the words of his spirited songs and quieting our hearts and minds.  It was just a bit of Matt Dillon walking into town and reminding us to get back to our roots, to hold on to the good.  For me, it was the best part of the show because it wasn’t about glitz and power, but about gentle longings for things we don’t ever want to lose sight of.

Today, remember that the good guys have a Source of Power that nothing can shake and that Source is the one lighting up your heart and soul.  You can step out onto the street, well armed, well prepared, ready to take on the villains.

Meet ‘cha for a sarsparilla!