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Getting Off on the Wrong Two Feet

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Two arms, two legs, ten fingers, ten toes.
Perfect!
All is good in the maternity ward.

Or so it seemed…
When will the crying end? Why do the ‘terrible twos’ last more than a year? Why won’t they listen to me? How did they become friends with ________? Teenagers!
Sometimes they grow up, but too many of them just get older.
(Sigh)


We’re not really cute, little bundles of joy underneath those chubby cheeks. That’s what the Apostle Paul would tell us:

As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
“Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum and a Smile in the New Year

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I recently read Scripture at a friend’s wedding.It was an honor for me to proclaim God’s Word to the wedding party and guests.I could have declined or made excuses, and maybe even suggested someone else for the job, but weddings are exciting events!Declining was furthest from my heart.If you’ve been in a wedding, you know what I mean.
I don’t think many of us would say we participated in a wedding ‘out of the goodness of our hearts.’This is because it’s not so much a hardship as it is a privilege.And the highest privilege, being a maid of honor or best man, isn’t really about what we have to offer.It’s about who we are: someone dear to the bride or groom.


We are also dear to God – especially dear.  Do we serve Him with the same readiness and enthusiasm?  Or do we bring stipulations and conditions?  Do we hold off until there’s a task that matches our higher skill sets?  Do we wait for someone to ask for our help?

If so, then maybe I’ll be the first to say we have already been asked and i…