Upon entering the supermarket in North Little Rock, you will see shiny bags of chips. These salty snacks boast vibrant colors and grab-able cellophane packaging. They rustle loudly as shoppers rush by, turning the heads of men, women, and children. All alike are motivated by the color, and by their bellies.
Rumor has said that these chips are made out of potatoes, sometimes corn. But emphasis is not put on the content of these products. Focus is on the instant gratification that comes to the eye when shoppers see that bag and on the tongue when it tastes those savory treats.That temptation is strong and giving into it…tasty.
Human devices and inventions echo these well-dressed bags of chips. Both look so appealing. Both leave emptiness behind. Potato chips leave snackers greasy and unsatisfied. Purely human ideals—thoughts with no intentional hints toward God—leave the world threadbare and unfulfilled.
I find myself consistently drawn to the things of the world. It all charms me cruelly: addictions that spring from abused relationships, goals, foods, and lifestyles.
Imagine spending the night with a guy just once, and feeling no guilt over refusing his calls the next day.
Consider how good it would feel to free my mind, just once…
Imagine living all for me, carrying no burden for the poor, and harboring no guilt over the apathy of my heart.
Imagine guiltlessly chasing my own dreams.
But a human without guilt has yet to be found.
And I want no part in a dream that isn’t Christ’s.
A shiny bags of potato chips,
The world rustles as I walk by.
People reach out and
I do not know if they are propelled by darkness or drawn to Light within me.
That confusion makes it difficult, this engagement with the people around me.
I love every one (imperfectly),
And it is alright for my grammar to disintegrate,
But it is a grave issue to see my morals weakened by the pressures of this fluid society.
For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…~Philippians 3:18-20
Tarnished grammar might matter.
Really, communicatively and professionally, it might.
Like that missed payment on my credit account might matter.
Like that broken mirror on my truck might matter.
Like that check list I never get to might matter.
The genuinely important thing to do is to
Start seeing “problems” as opportunities (like Jesus did, when he spontaneously fed 5, 000+ people).
The urgent question is, does what I say coincide with what I do?
Mother Teresa, tell me you had doubts while you walked the straight and narrow.
Martin Luthers (both of you), tell me you were not completely certain in the actions you took.
I have found happiness and I seek no other way.
My body is weak that I may learn to rely on Him.
His strength is sublime in my shortcomings.
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.~1 John 4:15
People to love
Prince who saved me
Great God who raised me
Sisters I would die for
Grandmother who I cry for
Children I have hope for
Delicious potato chips that (eaten in moderation) probably won’t split my soul.