“Martha, hey!! Guess what? Justin, the boy I was tutoring in Math? He aced his test! That boy’s going places, I just know it! Martha? You home?” Mary slings her jacket over the back of the nearest chair and drops her purse on the table. “No pots and pans like I used to hear, just the little clicks and dings of your latest obsession. What’s this new interest in the computer recently?”
“Oh, Hi Mary. Look at this great blog site I found! It’s got advice...answers” Martha just barely takes her eyes off the computer to answer her sister.
Mary shrugs and is just about to leave the room. “Oh I didn’t know you were into self-help.
“I’m not, at least I don’t think I am - this is different. It’s the kind of stuff you and our mutual friend got me into. You should take a look” Martha explains, this time actually looking at Mary.
Mary frowns and moves close enough to read the beginning of the blog entry.
“My son, friends and all visitors, I’ve got much to tell you, wisdom to help develop self-control and to aid you in becoming people of discernment.”
“I don’t know Martha, this could be some weirdo trying to brainwash people. My students fall for this kind of thing, too. Just step away from that blog site and - did you make dinner? I’m starved..”
“Of course I did - it just needs to be warmed up. Kind of like you,” she nudges her sister. “Read more - give it a chance, won’t you?”
“My tip today is from chapter 22 of my book, ‘Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your forefathers.’ Consider this and let me know your thoughts.”
Mary shakes her head. “This is the kind of stuff you’re reading? What’s that got to do with anything? We’re not going to be moving any ancient boundary stones any time soon, or ever. Now, can we eat?”
“Alright, alright, but I thought you liked discussions. This is an interactive blog. You should see the ideas that get tossed around.” Martha has thrown her hands in the air almost smacking her sister in her outburst.
Mary jerks herself away from Martha’s hand and slams her own hand down on the mouse, by accident, to regain her balance. Some responses pop into view on the screen.
Renee: “I’d like to know how this applies to me today. It isn’t possible for me to move an ancient boundary stone.”
Jeanette: “Well maybe not an actual ancient boundary stone, but we all know if you move a boundary to widen your own borders that would be a form of theft .”
Mike: “Could there be a broader application? Like for instance look what’s happened to Sunday. Here’s the ancient boundary stone - ‘Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.’ We’ve moved it just a little every time we’ve filled our Sabbath hours with activities which our ancestors never would have done on a Sunday.”
“Wow, this Mike guy has a different perspective.” Mary says. “But, what’s the big deal?”
“It looks like he wrote more.” Martha points at the screen.
Mike: “Little by little we’ve made Sunday like any other day of the week. Every time we squeeze something into our schedule, we have less time to spend with the Lord. We don’t have time to fellowship, we drift away. And it’s a commandment to keep it holy. Don’t move the ancient boundary stone.”
Jeanette: “I think I have another example. How about lying? The ancient boundary stone is that we’re not supposed to lie. I think lying causes more hurt and ruined relationships than just about anything else.”
At this point, Mary’s hooked. She is almost pushing Martha out of her chair. “This site is too cool. How do I post a comment? I need to tell them that each of the commandments could be seen as an ancient boundary stone.”
“That’s awesome Mary. I knew you had a mind for this kind of thing. It’s like the stuff He taught us, isn’t it? Hey, look at this! When you’re done with your comment look at the next tip Solomon posted - What were you saying earlier about Justin going places?
“Also from chapter 22 of my book, consider this: Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings, not before obscure men.” Solomon
Bible verses: Proverbs 22:28,29; New International
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