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Topic: Shhh. (02/18/10)
TITLE: I've Got a Secret
By Sharon Eastman
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Many years ago when television was in its infancy there was a game show program entitled Iíve Got a Secret. Gary Moore, a veteran performer in theatre and radio, was host to a panel of three celebrity judges and a contestant. This contestant had a secret, which only the game show host was privileged to know. The secret had to be unusual, humorous, embarrassing, or amazing. Panel members probed and prodded the contestant until the secret was revealed. The contestant won a prize and the audience won amusement. Iíve Got a Secret was popular with the public, entertaining, and exciting.
Unlike Iíve Got a Secret, God, who knows all things, isnít happy with our secrets Ė our secret sins. In fact, theyíre no secret to him at all. Like a child we can close our eyes and pretend he isnít there, and he canít see what weíre doing. But, he is, and he knows.
Shhh, I have a secret sin. It might be a secret to you but not to God. He knows Iím plagued with this problem. I pray every day for victory, and I know it will come soon to his glory.
Now that Iíve struck your curiosity, Iíll tell you my secret Ė shhh Ė itís smoking. Yes, I smoke those nasty cigarettes, those smelly, fowl tubes of tobacco. Iíve been smoking for some time, and I desperately want to quit. In my efforts to quit Iíve tried nicotine gum and patches but to no avail. Quitting ďcold turkeyĒ seems the best method for me. The only answer for me is to lay the cigarettes down and trust Jesus for the outcome. Scripture memorization and the infilling of the Holy Spirit will be my ďpatch.Ē
I am most definitely aware that cigarettes are dangerous to health. They cause heart disease, strokes, and cancer. They arenít called ďcoffin nailsĒ in vain. I was hospitalized a while ago, and I shared my room with a lung cancer patient. She had smoked for 60 years, and she was very sick. Needless to say, when she coughed and choked, I was very frightened.
My biggest gripe about my sin is the cost of cigarettes. It is exorbitant! I worry about paying tithes to the Lord, yet I feel like Iím paying tithes to the devil with my smoking habit. Disgusting! We could sponsor a child in a foreign land with my cigarette money. Since my Maltese died last summer, Iíve been yearning for another puppy. If I saved my cigarette money, I could cuddle and hold a puppy instead of cradling dirty cigarettes.
To serve and glorify the Lord with my life, sums up my mission statement. I canít attain this with nicotine nagging my body all the time. After church service, prayer meeting, and missionary circle, I rush home to light up a cigarette to quench that nagging tug of nicotine. Iíd like to be relaxed and enjoy the fellowship instead of puffing away.
Worst of all, the Holy Spirit abides in me, and smoking, I believe, defiles this temple. I love the Lord, yet I have a healthy fear of him and his chastisement. My heartís desire is to give God my best; that is being smoke-free. Despite it all, I know God loves me, and I will put those cigarettes down some day to his glory. When I graduate to heaven, I hope that he will say, ďWell done good and faithful servant.Ē (Matthew 25:21 NIV)
I can shout, ďpraise be to God,Ē and sing in exaltation.
I know verses back and forth to win someoneís salvation.
I go to church on the Lordís Day and read His Word, no jokiní!
But, of all the silly things I just canít quit this smokiní!
I love all my friends at church; they think Iím wise and jolly.
But, they would be ashamed of me if they knew of my folly.
I turned away from all my sins when my life to Him was woken,
But, of all the silly things, I just canít quit this smokiní!
Oh Lord, wonít you help me now with this war Iím fightiní!
Iíve eaten candy to the gills and started nail-bitiní.
One day my life on earth will end; Iíll live where Truth is spoken.
And You will be so proud of me ďcause I quit that silly smokiní!
Shhh Ė My secretís out. Is yours?
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