When I was a kid, the most important meal of the day was supper. Mom was an excellent cook, and she worked hard to prepare the evening meal for our large family. Mom and Pop worked even harder at trying to steer their eight children in the right direction.
Each evening the family gathered around the dinner table to eat and to discuss the days events. One evening, Mom and Pop spoke about an incident at school in which I had hurt the feelings of a classmate. As we discussed the situation, my youngest brother said: I have feelings too, see! Then, he opened his mouth and pointed to the fillings in his teeth.
The truth is, fillings and feelings go hand in hand. How you feel about life is determined in a large part by how you fill your life. If you don’t fill your mind with what is right, what is left?
Your life is like your car, if you fill the tank with the cheapest fuel available, your engine may not perform at an optimal level; likewise, if you fill your mind with two-bit thinking, you’ll never live a grand life.
To fill your tank with some high octane thoughts, heed the advice of the Apostle Paul and think on whatever is just, pure, lovely, commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Philippians 4:8).
Due to safety and environmental concerns, Toyota has recalled 3.37 million cars. The recall involves 2.87 million cars due to faulty emissions control units. Another 1.43 million vehicles are included to repair air bag inflators that could be ineffective. Of the 3.37 million, Toyota thinks 930,00 of them may be affected by both defective units.
Several years ago I witnessed an event that led me to a conclusion: Most defective air bags have faulty emissions control units.
While I was in college, I was a frequent spectator at the Texas Rangers games. At one of these games, a rude air-bag-of-a-man strutted by me, and He was wearing a shirt with an imprint that was much too vulgar to be worn in public. This defective airbag had some real problems with his emissions control system, and he turned the air blue with his profanity.
Before the second inning started the security guards were recalling this air bag. He was ushered out of the stands with blood gushing from a gaping wound that was the result of a frustrated father’s attempts to preserve the innocence of his son.
Defective air bags are characterized as a person who is foolish or boisterous:
- The woman of folly is boisterous, she is naive and knows nothing (Proverbs 9:13).
- A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son, heartache to his mother (Proverbs 10:1).
- The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive, but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness (Proverbs 15:2).
The need for emissions control predates the advent of the auto. Paul admonished the church at Ephesus to manage their manners and to watch their words: “Don’t let even one rotten word seep out of your mouths. Instead, offer only fresh words that build others up when they need it most. That way your good words will communicate grace to those who hear them (Ephesians 4:29).”
I’ll leave you with a thought that might help you with your emissions control: Profanity is the weapon of the witless and a weak device to support an even weaker argument.
Operation Cross Country IX is not a marathon, but it is a rigorous track and field event. The trackers come from a diverse field of law enforcement agencies, and the event is focused on saving kids.
As an ongoing national effort, Operation Cross Country IX, is a nationwide crackdown on sex trafficking. The FBI joined forces with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and took the lead in this effort that rescued 149 underage trafficking victims.
Additionally, more than 150 pimps were arrested. These puss-pockets of humanity are so sleazy they were selling kids as young as 12 years old.
FBI Director James Comey said: “Our mission is to protect the American people — especially our children — from harm. When kids are treated as a commodity in seedy hotels and on dark roadsides, we must rescue them from their nightmare and severely punish those responsible for that horror. We simply must continue to work with our partners to end the scourge of sex trafficking in our country.”
There are several organizations that focus their energy on rescuing those who are trapped in the commercial sex trade. Shared Hope International is one of them, and you can gain a better understanding of their work by watching a brief 2 minute video. Simply click here.
The Lord says: “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” ~Jeremiah 22:3
At some time in your life you’ve probably met someone, and heard them make the comment: You sure are mirror image of …………your dad or your mother.
Through the years I’ve had some people say that I favor the Lacy side of my family. More than once, I’ve heard it said: “You’re a chip off the old block.” When you look at a photo of either my grandad or his dad, it’s obvious that we share the same DNA.
When John wrote his first letter, he spoke about the importance of a family resemblance: “See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be called God’s children—and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know him. Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like him, because we will see him just as he is. And everyone who has this hope focused on him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure (I John 3:1-3).”’
An important question to answer isn’t: Who do you look like? It’s: Who do you act like?
When your life is observed, can people see a family resemblance? Are your actions, and mannerisms a mirror image of the life of Jesus?