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Pockets Full of What?

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Pockets Full of What? - November 10, 2006

I was watching my 13-year-old son, Daniel, empty out his pockets yesterday. Oh my goodness. He pulled out the wrappers from three Tootsie Rolls--and then a few seconds later he pulled out four furry Tootsie Rolls. I think he had the entire year's worth of notes from his history class in one pocket and I'm just sure I saw his trombone sheet music in the other--the music for last month's concert.

He seemed pretty excited when he found the lunch money he'd been missing. But both of us were disturbed when we saw something that looked like at least half of a science lab. How disturbing is it that there was this big hunk of something we couldn'tidentify? How much more disturbing is it that it looked a little like it was frying in its own juices? How even more disturbing is it that he still didn't throw it away?

I wonder how the kid can even sit down with all that stuff (bubbling and non-bubbling) in his jeans. All I could say was, "Daniel! Son! You need a PURSE!"

It's funny that he's carrying around half his life in his jeans. It's even funnier that he has to keep pulling it all out every day when he changes clothes, and then stuffing it all right back in the clean jeans. Anyone else wondering why anyone would keep stuffing four furry Tootsie Rolls and an unidentified frying object back into the pockets?

It's even weirder when we let it become a habit to carry around spiritual junk we don't need, hanging onto stuff just because we've gotten used to it. Purse or no purse, if we're carrying around sinful stuff, it's past time to get rid of it. And it's amazing how freeing it is to stop lugging that junk around! Talk about feeling lighter! And it's exactly how we're called to live. Not just "encouraged" to live holy. CALLED to live holy! First Thessalonians 4:7 says, "For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life." (NIV)

O Lord, may we learn to rely on you more and more to produce a pure and holy life in us, according to your calling--a life that will magnify and glorify your name!

Can you imagine how many amazing and powerful things we'll see happen in our lives when we make that our heart's prayer every time we talk to the Father?

Go ahead. Talk to him about living out the holiness he's called you to.

And on a lighter note, I guess I'll go ahead and talk to Daniel again sometime soon about what's in his pockets. First I want to throw away the handful of furry Tootsie Rolls I saw in my purse.

Rhonda Rhea--Speaker, radio personality, humor columnist, author of the fun books:
Amusing Grace, Turkey Soup For The Soul--Tastes Just Like Chicken, Who Put The Cat in the Fridge, and I'm Dreaming of Some White Chocolate. Watch for High Heels In High Places In 2007. Rhonda Rhea - speaker, humor columnist. Event planners, go to www.FindRhonda.com

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