I just said “no” to another media craze requested by my two teenagers this week. Since I feel like I say “no” a lot these days, I really do intentionally say “yes” when I can.
This would be why we have a pet rat. Heh.
I’ve evaluated these “no” answers pretty heavily lately because my response has to go way deeper than my desire to be in charge or to control every last detail of their lives. These boys-turning-men of mine are rightfully becoming more and more independent, and in order for them to fully manage their own lives and choices in just a few short years, they need more than that. They deserve more than that. So we’re breaking it down in these parts, and I’m learning a few things about myself in the process (God always does that, you know).
“As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.” – Ecclesiastes 10:1
We see it all the time…
A decorated professional athlete gives in to the compromise. A ministry leader with decades of influence falls in a moment of temptation. A respected wife in the community gives that second look to another. An honorable businessman is swayed into thinking that just one small sacrifice of integrity won’t be noticed. After all, everyone else is doing it. And in one moment of weakness, they forfeit a lifetime of honor.
But folly isn’t exclusive to the high profile, and its choices aren’t limited to the hot topics on the public square.
It happens to you. It happens to me.
It’s a compromised media choice here; a slight modification of the truth there. It’s a harsh word spoken in anger, a prayer request turned into gossip, a heart jealous for revenge, an indulgence taken a little too far. Folly exposes our weaknesses and reveals our pride and selfish pursuits. It pollutes our best efforts and leaves a lingering stench that isn’t easily forgotten. And if it teaches us anything, it’s that there’s no way we can conjure up a life of wisdom and honor on our own.
That’s why Jesus came.
“We ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.” But Wisdom himself saved us (Titus 3:3-5). Only Jesus can take our foolish hearts and set us free. Once we realize that the narrow path of wisdom isn’t for our imprisonment but rather for our freedom, we no longer respond out of self-preservation or obligation to a list of legalistic rules. We follow hard after wisdom out of worship for our Savior.
Listen, this is it: the love of my Savior deserves more than just my half-hearted effort.
This depth of love calls for more than just a polished, neatly packaged exterior, but rather a devotion that can be found even in the most hidden places.
Jesus gave His all, and He is worthy of all of me.
“Oh, the breadth of the love of Christ! Shall such a love as this have only half our hearts? Shall it have a cold love in return? Shall Jesus’ marvelous loving-kindness and tender care be met with only faint response and delayed acknowledgment? My soul, tune your harp to a glad song of thanksgiving! Go to your rest rejoicing, for you are not a desolate wanderer but a beloved child, watched over, cared for, supplied, and defended by your Lord.” – Spurgeon
Father, thank you that I am no longer a desolate wanderer but a beloved child. Give me a heart of wisdom so that others can see the sweet aroma of Christ in me…
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ,
and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.”
*LET’S TALK: TODAY, how can you flee folly and choose wisdom so that your life gives off the sweet aroma of Christ?
At His feet,