Just plow through it
The world is certainly in a mess and it seems there is a new fraternity of people forming every day with new ideals to constitute the perfect world society suitable for everybody. Of course some of these ideals include total annihilation of some other idealistic people, so the world has to have a war, or two dozen, going on at any one time just to express and hammer home new ideals.
I’m convinced there are three types of people in the world: the ignorant, those educated beyond their intelligence, and those who wish to lead a quiet productive life. Unfortunately, the world powers seem to all be led by the combined efforts of the first two groups while the third group ends up feeding their ambitious endeavors.
Most of us on the planet belong to the third group of people and lately if we express our opinions we get labeled “extremists” or “potential terrorists” for wanting to live in a clean, quiet neighborhood. It’s getting hard to deal with some of this ridiculous, self-centered, “disrespect” and “political correctness” bed of eggs we’re being forced to walk on. I can see a lot of broken eggs in the near future of this country and many countries of the world. I’m afraid the yoke won’t be funny.
Some grade school teachers keep journals of amusing things their students write in papers. Here are a few examples (God help us all): * Syntax is the money collected at church from sinners. * The future of “I give” is “I take.” * The parts of speech are lungs and air. * The inhabitants of Moscow are called Mosquitoes. * Define H2O and CO2. H2O is hot water and CO2 is cold water. * The general direction of the Alps is straight up. * The people who followed the Lord were called the Twelve Opossums. * The spinal column is a long bunch of bones. The head sits on the top and you sit on the bottom. * The four seasons are: salt, pepper, mustard, and vinegar. * The word trousers is an uncommon noun because it is singular at the top and plural at the bottom. Okay!
[Psalm 11] There are times in life when we find things in our way that we cannot move. Even after persistent, fervent prayer, the cup of suffering is brought to quivering lips and we must drink of it -- right down to the bitter dregs. Abraham Lincoln said, “Some troubles are like the stump an old farmer had in his field -- too hard to uproot, too knotty to split, and too wet and soggy to burn.” When asked what to do in a spot like that, he replied, “Well, I’d just plow around it.” Some situations are like that stump. They are there and cannot be changed and must be accepted. We pray may God give us grace and strength to accept the inevitable and plow around the immovable.
“In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain? For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on His heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion. On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.”
I know the world is going to get very ugly before the Lord returns and in judgment God will destroy what He created -- that’s a promise. Until then, or I depart from this life, I will struggle to overcome evil and live a righteous life following Him.
Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find his column on his blog at http://wilsoncountynews.com.
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