Sunday, January 18, 2009

"Don't Play With Your Food"

Last night we attended a party to celebrate our grandbaby’s first birthday. Like most parents they provided a cake for Lexi to “play/eat” by herself. (It’s just a strange first birthday tradition that most of us have adopted.) As they gave her the cake, you could tell she didn’t really know what to do with it. When they helped her a little and she finally put her hands in it, she gave a whine a couple of times with a look of “wonderment” on her face.

Her reaction was as if she was confused about the whole thing. Even as young as she is, she already has a pretty clear concept of “no, no”. What was before her was usually a “no, no” but now she was being encouraged, “yes, yes”. I can only imagine what was going on in her little mind. “Why isn’t this a ‘no, no’ now? Am I going to get in trouble for this? Why are my parents wanting to put my hands in the cake?, etc.”

Life can be like that for all of us at times- especially in the day and age we live in. What was “taboo” yesterday is accepted and applauded today. Yesterday you were “marked” and heard whispers behind your back for certain behavior, today it’s the norm. Yesterday morals were important, integrity was encouraged, your word was your bond, marriage was honorable, immorality was unacceptable and carried consequences. Boy, have times changed! Just the opposite is true.

The rules keep changing, standards keep dropping, absolutes keep falling, the boundaries keep being moved and there are no limitations, so people stay in a constant state of confusion about what is right and what is wrong; what they should and shouldn't do.

There is no need for us to be confused. Society may change, men’s opinions may change, peoples values may change, society may flounder, but God does not change. I am not confused over the message (changing messages) the world sends out because I know what God says about the issues. He is very clear and He has not changed them. What was sin to Him yesterday is still sin to Him today. What He called wrong yesterday is still wrong today. What He called unacceptable yesterday is still unacceptable today—and vice versa. It’s very plain and very clear, no need for confusion, just stick with God and you will always know what’s right and what’s wrong… regardless of who says otherwise.

This "Glitter Girl" has been liberated from the confusion that society places on you each time they move the boundaries because I already know what God’s established boundaries are.

1 comment:

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

She sure did enjoy herself, but I bet she was wondering what was going was probably thinkng aren't adults silly.