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Topic: Whine (05/23/13)
By Melissa Johnson
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
Why? Because I feel like it.
No, I don’t need to do much to get it going. You might think I would need more time to prepare. The thing is I have had a lifetime to prepare. Oh, and I have done this before. Many times, actually. I can, as always, easily whip out my ever-handy list of topics to keep the focus of the party where it needs to be. It’s a long list because every day of my life provides opportunities to add to it if I look hard enough. I will need to allow a lot of time for the party. It can be very time consuming once it begins. Sadly, I’m sure I will need just one chair. I have been the only one showing up, despite my best efforts to get others to join me.
Would you like to come? You are invited. Although I’m sure you have no interest in hanging out with me. Why would you? No one else wants to. I’m sure you’re too busy. I don’t mean to whine, but people don’t seem to care at all when I throw these parties.
You do know what the theme is, right? It is, of course, another one of my famous pity parties. I’m sure you’ve thrown many of your own pity parties.
How is that possible?
Yes, I throw my pity parties because I feel sorry for myself and it’s the only thing I feel like doing.
Yes, I suppose feelings are of the flesh.
Ok, slow down. If you want me to look something up in my Bible, give me a chance to dust it off. Romans 8:8 and 8:13? Romans… Romans… Ok, here they are: “Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.” And, “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”
Oh come on! It can’t be that bad for me to spend time feeling sorry for myself, is it?
Really? But that’s how I feel and I can’t help how I feel.
Another verse. Fine. Galatians 5:16, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
Ok, so if I walk by the Spirit, I wouldn’t have to live by my feelings all of the time? It seems like it would be a lot of work to change. But it would be nice to spend my time doing something other than feeling sorry for myself. Let’s say I want to do that, how do I do that? Where do I go to learn how to do that?
God’s Word? The Bible?
Huh. You know what? I think I’m going to cancel my party today. I have some reading to do.
Romans 8:8, 13, Galatians 5:16 NIV
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