Tuesday, June 30, 2020

What We Want & What We Think We Want

  That summer was going to be pack with big-name movies, so the theaters were being picky. 20th Century Fox had a movie they thought might make some money but only 40 theaters wanted it. What the rest of them wanted was “The Other Side of Midnight”, a steamy adult-themed adaptation of a bestselling book by the same name. The other movie was just a hero adventure of good vs evil that theaters felt was too sappy for modern audiences.

  So 20th Century Fox played dirty. They told the theaters that the only way they could get “The Other Side of Midnight” is if they would also show the other movie they were promoting. This was illegal and would get them fined 25,000 dollars, but they didn’t seem to mind.

  It not because “The Other Side of Midnight” did so well, but because the other movie did. While “The Other Side of Midnight” made a modest 24 million, the other movie “Star Wars” made 775 Million!

   It‘s not just theaters that don’t always know what is best for them, people do it all the time. What we think will make us happy in the end brings us misery. The steamy dive into the passing pleasure of sin leads us not to fulfillment but disillusionment. The story is as old as time. See Solomon empty pursuits in Ecclesiastes or the prodigal son trip in the far land. What we chase after might not be the thing that is going to bring us the best return.

  Don’t make the mistake of falling for the other side of the road. What we think we want maybe a crumbling illusion but what we want is to have an eternal promise of good.

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, "I have no delight in them";
Ecclesiastes 12:1

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Are You Dumb

  Some people speak because they have something to say. Others speak because they have to say something.

  We live in a world that has to comment. When we see folks do or say what we think they ought not, we feel the need to rebuke, redress, and return volley.

  We see how that is working out for us.


  It was tough for Ezekiel as well. He lived in a day when it seemed everyone had lost their mind. As a man of God, he wanted to set them straight but God did something to him. He shut his mouth for him:

"Moreover, I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be mute and cannot be a man who rebukes them, for they are a rebellious house. "But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you will say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house.

Ezekiel 3:26-27


  God knew Ezekiel would want to throw in his two cents but he also knew the people were not going to listen. So instead of a lot of wasted breath, Ezekiel was only going to get to say what God had to say on the matter. The people could listen or ignore, and that was all God was going to say on that.


  Maybe we need something similar. Stick our tongues to the roof of our mouths. Say less. And when we do speak only say what God wants us to say. Say only what needs to be said not everything we want to say.

  We might end up being dumb if we are not dumb.


When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Proverbs 10:19