Encouragement Wednesday

Embarrasing God

"Not so long ago I saw a man shopping in a grocery store while his young son ran up and down the aisles. The boy was unleashed and hyper, making a complete nuisance of himself. The father kept calling his son's name, but the boy only ran faster—up one aisle and down the other.

Just as the father caught up with him, the boy reached out and grabbed a handful of candy bars. The father tried to take them away, but the boy held on tightly. Then he started to scream. It was a high-pitched, piercing scream that reverberated throughout the store. Clerks and customers turned to look from every direction as the frustrated father tried his best to squelch his son's cries. The boy only screamed louder and started to kick. Finally the father let him go, and once again he ran down the aisle with all his might, chocolate still clutched in his greedy little grip.

I caught a glimpse of the father's face. It was the look of complete and total embarrassment. Although I'm sure he loved his son dearly, at this moment he was ashamed to be his father.

Do you think God ever feels that way with his children? Imagine how he must feel when we become so earthly minded that we run through life, ignoring his voice and oblivious to his warning, grabbing things as we go and holding them tightly.

Do you think God doesn't get embarrassed by the way his children act? Our life is a reflection of his authority. And when we disobey, he is the One the world scoffs at.

Titus 1:16 
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.


from Embracing Eternity by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins and Frank M. Martin (Tyndale) p 148

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8 Responses to Encouragement Wednesday

  1. Steve Betz says:

    What a great little parable for modern society. I'm going to try and behave better in the store today.

  2. ♥ Kelly says:

    Thank you for posting this Mrs. P. many of us need this reminder.

  3. Mello says:

    This is so true, and I think we've all been that child at one time or another.

  4. Grandma-P says:

    No no Steve let go of those chocolate bars. Bad boy!

  5. Grandma-P says:

    I'm that child more then I want to admit.

  6. ashbylane says:

    Excellent post. "To obey is better than sacrifice"….

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