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Oops. Caught in a Lie!

4 Apr

“Two guys were taking Chemistry at the University of Mississippi. They did pretty well on all of the quizzes and the midterms and labs, such that going into the final they had a solid “A”. These two friends were so confident going into the final that the weekend before finals week (even though the Chemistry final was on Monday), they decided to go up to the University of Tennessee and party with some friends.

“… They overslept all day Sunday and didn’t make it back to Mississippi until early Monday morning. Rather than taking the final then, they found their professor after the final to explain to him why they missed the final.

“They told him that they went up to the University of Tennessee for the weekend, and had planned to come back in time to study, but that they had a flat tire on the way back, and … so they were late in getting back to campus.

“The professor thought this over and told them they could make up the final on the following day. The two guys were elated and relieved. They studied that night and went in the next day for the final.

Chemical Formula“The professor placed them in separate rooms, and handed each of them a test booklet and told them to begin. They looked at the first problem, which was worth 5 points. It was something simple about Molarity & Solutions.

“‘Cool ,’ they thought. ‘This is going to be easy.’ They did that problem and then turned the page.

“They were not prepared, however, for what they saw on this page. It said:

(95 Points). WHICH TIRE?” *

Is the scripture verse, “Be sure your sins will find you out?” ringing in your ears right now? (Numbers 32:23. See also Cain’s secret sin, that was exposed ~ Genesis 4:8-10.)

I (Dawn) laughed as I read Bill and Pam’s account of their son’s stubborn lie in their book, The 10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make. On pages 36-38, they tell the story of little Zach, age four, who grabbed some goodies out of an ice chest before dinner ~ though he had been instructed not to eat any more before dinner.

Pam caught him with stuffed cheeks, and said, “Zach, tell me the truth. Did you eat more chocolate after I told you not to?”

With a chocolate ring around his mouth, he shook his head no. The next two pages detail Pam and Bill’s efforts to get stubborn Zach to admit his act of disobedience and his continuing lie.

They tried repeatedly, pleading with him to tell the truth and praying that God’s Spirit would help by working on “his stony little heart.” Finally, after being put into a time out alone ~ a strategy that worked better than a spanking on this people-loving little guy ~ after an hour, Zach confessed. Pam thanked him, told him that she forgave him, and took him to Bill to make the same confession. Then they loved on their little boy.

Bob and I had a similar situation with our son Michael when he was almost four. I remember sitting on the end of the bed, Continue reading

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No-Brainer Choices

15 Mar

“Lunch side-dish decision: Chocolateor Salad?Gooey Brownie

“Okay, it’s a no-brainer. I’d never choose shrubbery over a brownie. ToFresh Greenstally not a hedgetarian.

More of a fudgitarian, methinks? ~

Author/comedian Rhonda Rhea (In a Facebook post)

Rhonda, Rhonda, Rhonda. Girl, you make me (Dawn) LOL so hard!

Some choices are “no-brainers,” aren’t they?

I mean, this should be obvious, shouldn’t it?

Well … that depends. If you are into “eating healthy,” the no-brainer choice is the salad.  But if you are into spontaneous fun and sweet delights, chocolate is your choice every time.

How like life. Our choices tend to fall in line with our point of view.

I could go on and on about a worldly vs. a Christian worldview. I could talk about the effects of one’s background on point of view. I could even make this political. But I just have one quick question to ask today.

Where’s your heart?

Luke 12:34 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The context of this verse is that we can depend on God for our needs; we don’t have to worry about “things.” But I’ve also discovered that the things we invest in ~ financially, socially, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually ~ become the “treasures” of our lives, and they tend to dictate the passions of our heart. And those passions set the stage for our choices.

Salad vs. chocolate brownies is pretty trivial compared to Continue reading

False Impressions

2 Nov

What kind of horse can swim underwater without coming up for air? A seahorse! I can hear you groaning now!

Sea-Horse__NOT

Ready for some more horsin’ around?

Little Brother said, “I’m going to buy a seahorse.

Big Brother asked, “Why?”

Little Brother answered, “Because I want to play water polo!”

More groaning, right?

As I looked at this picture, I thought, just because we dress up as something, that doesn’t mean it’s who we really are! On Halloween, I saw a lot of costumes and masks ~ kids (and adults) pretending to be what they’re not.

And I thought a lot about masks this week.  We wear a lot of masks, don’t we?

  • The Mask of Independence (I don’t need anyone).
  • The Mask of Self-sufficiency (I’ve got my life all together).
  • The Mask of Perfectionism (I look soooo good).
  • The Mask of Occupation (I’m so busy… just look how important I am).
  • The Mask of Expertise (I’m not a know-it-all … I just know it all!)
  • The Mask of People-Pleasing (I’m glad I can always control how people see me.)

You may think of some other masks. All masks are attempts to hide who we are ~ sometimes with the intent to deceive, but most of the time as a reflection of our insecurities. Masks are false impressions!

But think a minute about those masks I listed. Continue reading

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