By Patrick Hawthorne
Just yesterday as I was wandering around the yard, weed eater in hand, I came up with a masterful idea for a plaque to hang on the wall of my office. On one side of the plaque I was going to have a hook installed so that I could hang a real baby pacifier. On the other side of the plaque I wanted the inscription, “If you are here to have an adult discussion, please have a seat. If you are here to whine, take a pacifier and call me when you grow up!”
It was brilliant! I had a mental picture of the plague in my mind and even had a location set apart to hang this masterpiece…that is, until my conscience, guided by the Holy Spirit, joined my internal thought process.
Conscience: “Patrick, are you walking in love?”
Patrick: “I just want it as a gag?”
Conscience: “Who do you think you’re kidding, Patrick. I know that the first opportunity you get, you will point out that sign to someone who has crossed you.”
Conscience: “Yes, you! Now, cut the crazy thought and get back to work.”
Patrick: (as he walks off in a huff) “Stupid conscience.”
Some might ask why we need to put so much emphasis on reading the Word of God. Well, it is our Heavenly Father’s primary way of speaking to us. It is our source for a God like wisdom which sets us apart from the wisdom of the world. This is why the world does not understand our thought process sometimes.
For about a week now, my primary focus has been on the Book of Colossians. It is from chapter three that I knew that I should not have the plaque made. Look at verse 12 and 13 from the Amplified Bible.
12 Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].
13 Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].
There you have it! I must let the Word win out over my desire to create a masterful work of art…even if it was a brilliant. Be blessed.