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On the Road to Forever
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A young boy about 8 years old walks into a local mom-n-pop grocery store and picks out a huge box of laundry detergent. Trying to be friendly and helpful, the grocer walked over and asked the boy if he had a lot of laundry to do. “Nope, no laundry,” said the boy, “I’m going to wash my dog.” Concerned, the grocer advised the boy, “But you shouldn’t use this to wash your dog. It’s very powerful and if you wash your dog in this he’ll get sick. In fact, it might even kill him.” But the boy was not to be stopped, carrying the detergent to the counter and paying for it, all the while the grocer trying to talk him out of washing his dog with it. About a week later the boy was back in the store to buy some candy. The grocer asked the boy how his dog was doing. “Oh, he died,” the boy said sadly. The grocer wanted to say, “I told you so,” and instead, he said he was sorry the dog died, but added, “I tried to tell you not to use that detergent on your dog.” “Well,” the boy replied, “I don’t think it was the detergent that killed him.” The surprised grocer responded, “Oh? What was it then?” The boy looked up at the grocer and as serious as can be said, “I think it was the spin cycle.”

For years, our national and local leaders have been ignoring their own advisors by passing special interest legislation and spending money imprudently, burying this country in generations of debt. The American public has been unaware of some of the underlying “real deals” being issued and now we all find ourselves in a spin cycle that could kill this country if we don’t act soon. We don’t need a stronger detergent, like scare tactics. We need a stronger determination to resolve our debt crisis, and a good place to start, in my mind, is a 10 percent across the board salary cut of every government employee. (That ought to bring the price of gas down.) Employee furloughs make no sense at all. Stop the frivolous spending! That’s all I’ve got to say.

[Jeremiah 6: 13-19] A man was using his GPS even though he knew the way. Before leaving home, he entered the address of his destination and then set off on his journey. The GPS had a specific route in mind, but it wasn’t the one he wanted to take. Any time he took a street not on the planned route, the GPS would redesign his trip based upon his current location and attempt to get him back on course. The GPS kept on saying things like, “Take the next right, then take the second left.” At one juncture it advised, “Turn around at the next opportunity.” No matter how far off course he got, the device continued to give instructions on how to get back on course. He also has his home address programmed into the GPS. No matter where he is he can select, “Navigate To Home,” and it will chart a course to guide him home. I don’t own a global positioning device, but I do refer to my Godly Positioning System, the Bible, for guidance as I’m traveling through life. No matter where you are in your life spiritually, the Bible can tell you exactly where you are. Further, it can tell you where you need to be, and how to get there. Unfortunately, many treat the Bible like some treat their GPS. They refuse to hear the instructions, pursuing their own chosen course, choosing to turn a deaf ear to its pleas. Others stubbornly reject the message they hear from God’s Word to turn right, turn left, or turn around.

Consequently, folks end up in a spin cycle of disappointments and grief. You don’t have to be lost, headed for eternal destruction. No matter where you are in life, the Bible can tell you how to get home to God’s love.

Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. Email him at Find his column on his blog at
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