My Thoughts. . .

Monday, 07-20-2020

Most people have a hole in their life which they are attempting to fill.  That hole may have been created due to a perceived inadequacy.  Living in a negative upbringing does not usually produce a positive outlook.  A parent’s “You’ll never amount to a hill of beans” may motivate a child in one of two ways.  The child determines to prove the parent wrong or surrenders to that inevitable end.

The expression, “He is the sum total of his rearing” is often correct.  Children yelled at by their parents may train theirs the same way.   We teach what we have been taught!  Solomon stated, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).  That is usually true, but not always.  Madalyn Murray O”Hair trained her son to be an atheist.  He disappointed her by following Jesus.

Most want to fill their hole with perfection.  The problem?  They look for it in all the wrong places.  Perfection cannot be created from brokenness.  Man lost it in the Garden (Genesis 3).  The harder man attempts to create it, the more successful he is in missing it.  This causes some to accept failure and hopelessness.  Others try harder without positive payment for their efforts.  Some believe their right actions will force God to love them.  The serpent survived the Garden and continues to speak to modern man!  Men hear him all too well.  Women too.

Satan wants man to put his trust in his own efforts as the savior.  Man’s efforts are his justification for relying upon his righteousness (Titus 3:5).  Focusing upon himself, causes man to miss Jesus.  Misplaced trust pays off in self-righteousness.  God sent His Word to become our sin sacrifice.  He did not need our efforts because He freely gave His.

You and I have a hole which needs to be filled.  Unless we fill it with Jesus, we continue in our holiness, not His!  Whose are you seeking?