Archive for August, 2011
This morning I went for my regular morning bike ride. Did about 12 miles and the whole time I could smell the garbage trucks that were driving up and down the streets picking up the trash. In fact, a lot of the time it seemed like I was following behind them. The stench was terrible.
That made me think about how a lot of people experience the same thing in their life. They’re going through life and everything stinks.
Their job stinks, their marriage stinks, their relationships with their friends or kids stinks. Everything just stinks!
It’s like the old man that was taking a nap on the couch, his seven-year-old grandson gets some Limburger cheese from the refrigerator and smears it on grandpa’s mustache.
When grandpa wakes up, he says, “This room stinks!”
He goes to another room and says, “This room stinks.”
After walking throughout the house, he says, “The whole house stinks!”
Grandpa goes outside and takes a deep breath and says, “The whole world stinks!”
It’s hard not to think everything stinks when you have something smelly on your top lip or are following behind a garbage truck.
If you want things to stop stinking you have to stop following the garbage trucks in life and start following Jesus.
Proverbs 15:14 A wise man is hungry for truth, while the mocker feeds on trash. (LB)
Have you ever been faced with an important decision? Maybe it was a decision to change jobs, sell your house, have children, get married, have surgery or join a church. You prayed about it, asked for advice from others, searched the Bible and then made your decision.
Today we’re faced with a lot of choices in life. Everywhere you look we’re flooded with options. The average grocery store carries 36,000 items. I read that Crest toothpaste company produces 36 varieties, shapes and flavors of Crest. I read that the Revlon company has 158 different colors of lipstick. The Levi corporation used to just produce jeans. They now produce, in sizes, shapes and colors and products, over 70,000 products. Just one company. Levi. They said “Our customers are used to choices.” The problem with all of these options is that it can get very confusing. That’s why we don’t always understand the right thing to do.
So, how can you know with confidence that you’ve made the right choice and are doing the right thing?
One thing you don’t do is depend on your feelings! Feelings can come and go and are very unreliable. You can have a bad feeling just from having a bad dream at night. Just eating a bad burrito can cause you to have bad feelings.
There’s a story about three people who were walking on a wall. Their names were Fact, Faith and Feeling. Fact was in the front of the line, Faith was in the middle and Feeling was at the end. Everything was going along just great until Faith looked back to see where Feeling was. Every time Faith did this, he fell off the wall. But as long as Faith kept his eyes on Fact, he did fine. The moral of this story is that we need to keep our eyes on the facts and not on our feelings.
But what facts? We must base our faith on the facts of God’s Word. It is our faith that determines our feelings, not the other way around.
If you have your faith fixed on the facts of God’s word you will always do the right thing and make the right decision.
Proverbs 10:32 If you obey the Lord, you will always know the right thing to say. (CEV)
If you’d like to learn more about how you can know if you’re doing the right thing, I’d like to invite you to attend The Bridge Church this Sunday as I speak on the topic, “Doing The Right Thing.”