Believe it or not, when I was younger, I used to be quite mischievous. I think eighth grade could’ve been one of my worst years. Of course, none of the things I did we’re ever my idea! I was the victim of some evil influence. It’s called double dog dare!
One time, I got my hands on a little jewel called Fart In A Can. I was on top of the world! On top of that, I had been double dog dared to spray it in class. What a glorious day!!
It was in the Spring, so the teacher had all the windows open. Now, this teacher, who will remain nameless, wasn’t known to be the brightest crayon in the box. Naturally, I, strategically, sat in the back of the class.
Whoosh! I sprayed the first round of the rank smelling spray. You could see the look on people’s faces. They wanted to say something, but most likely, figured, like most poots, the smell would soon dissipate. I waited a minute,then once again I let out an even bigger squirt of the noxious fumes. At this point the teacher got a good whiff, and when people noticed the look on her face, the complaining erupted!
“Something stinks in here!” “Mrs so and so, someone farted!” “That’s making me sick!” To be inconspicuous, naturally, I joined in on the complaining. The teacher then decided that the smell was coming from outside and closed ALL the windows! She said there must’ve been a gas leak or something. Oh my gosh! I was about to die laughing!! There was indeed a leak!
By this point I had told a few people it was me spraying the Fart In A Can. I think the funniness must’ve worn off, because someone told on me, and I got sent on a nice trip to the principal’s office. Aka, my home away from home.
I don’t remember what my punishment was, but whatever it was, it was SO worth it! I suppose I looked at it as payback for the time that particular teacher busted me cheating. I mean seriously, the nerve of her embarrassing me in front of the entire class!
I think sometimes we think the consequences to sin will somehow be “worth it”. Worth what? Hurting someone? Destroying your character? Breaking trust? Destroying relationships? Worst of all, sin separates you from God. He never stops loving us, but when we sin, it breaks communion with our Savior. Not to mention, a moment of ‘fun’ could leave a lifetime of consequences. Sin is never worth it.
Before I close, I’d like to set the record straight on something. Practical jokes are NOT sin! Fart In A Can is still funny. It’s breaking the rules, and disrespecting someone that’s not funny. I guess what I’m saying is, don’t ever take things too far, and don’t ever break the rules in the name of fun.
Look! Listen! God’s arm is not amputated—he can still save. God’s ears are not stopped up—he can still hear. There’s nothing wrong with God; the wrong is in you. Your wrongheaded lives caused the split between you and God. Your sins got between you so that he doesn’t hear. Isaiah 59:1-2