Friday, July 8, 2011

God's Sense of Humour...and a mini Sunday School lesson

Do you ever stop and find it funny that you can annoy yourself...often worse than anyone else could. 

The simple fact that humans are built with the ability to self-annoy hit me profoundly last night for some reason.  The concept of this just cracks me up!  I think God has a sense of humour and, being creative, has very unconventional ways of teaching us patience.
examples:  
your nose starts to whistle while you're trying to fall asleep 
your eye starts twitching when you're talking to someone & all you can think about is that you look like a crazy person!
       you get the hiccups when....anytime!  hiccups are just plain annoying!

Obviously God thinks having patience is important; He says all Christians should have it.  Patience is one part of the *fruit of the spirit:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control. (Galations 5:22).

I also think these examples are a good way to remind ourselves "I'm not in control. He is".  I find that totally comforting.  If everything in my life depended on me?!  Look out!  If God wants me to have the hiccups than praise be to Him.  He's in control of the whole world - & I can't even control my own body.
Patience and Praise.  That's my focus today peeps.  What is yours?

*The term 'fruit of the spirit' comes from the new testament of the bible; they are listed in the book of Galations, chapter 5, beginning at verse 22.  Jesus said (in Matthew 7:17) "Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.  Every tree tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them".  Jesus is comparing us to trees; when we become a Christian God's holy spirit dwells within us and the 9 traits that are the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control) should become part of our character.  In Galations 5:16 the apostle Paul says"So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature."  (ps.  part of the Jewish culture at the time was to repeat things that are important, or say it twice but in two different ways,  to convey that importance).  If you find that all this 'trees' and 'fruit' and 'holy spirit' stuff sounds hokey, I'll grant you that.  But, a God that wants everyone to exude the 9 traits listed above is pretty awesome in my books.  Can you imagine if everyone in the whole world was all of those things all of the time?!

8 comments:

  1. Aw, if only. Wouldn't it be lovely indeed?!

    My hubby once had the hiccups for three weeks straight. Not so much fun. Stress induced.

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  2. Charming's Mama: what?! 3 weeks!!!

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  3. I have a friend whom I think you'd get along with. We have many a religious/theological discussion.

    Audrey (to the left) is waifer thin.

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  4. I'm not catholic, i have never been to church, never read the bible or went to sunday school...but i enjoy other people's point of veiw on religion. In fact I have the opposite idea: I am in total control of my life and no one else. See? Being a buddhist require a lot of work and ...self esteem!

    p.s.
    I never received your card, but let's not gove up on hope.

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  5. Mmmc: love a good theological discussion!
    bobbi: I'm not Catholic either. I think living out any religion or faith requires work. I'm glad you enjoy the view's of others, I think it's always interesting to see what others believe and why.

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  6. Yes, three weeks (it might have actually been a little longer than that), he had to go to the doctor and they gave him a shot of something or other and they finally went away.

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  7. Great post Laura! I'm definitely going to link to this before the week's out.

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