There are few things as good as catching up with a long time friend. I believe it helps to keep you youthful. Sitting there laughing about old times, and acting like teenagers (except now, it’s obvious, if only slightly, that we actually do have a brain) is one of the things in life I treasure the most.
As youthful as being with Stacey made me feel; I was quickly reminded how youthful I am not, when we went Black Friday shopping on Thursday night. I guess we can call it Grey Thursday. Besides, what the heck is up with that?! Can’t stores even wait until the turkey and dressing has settled before they start herding people in to fight over things they don’t actually need, but will buy because its “cheap”?
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d say they might be doing some sort of biological, or chemical experiment on us. Lord knows they have enough people packed into one place to do it! And some of the smells we walked through, could’ve easily been something toxic. Seriously, I’d say we walked through like five or twenty farts in the short time we were there. Stacey said, and I quote, “If people don’t quit crapping on themselves I’m going to be sick! I took a shower and washed my hair before I came down here; now that smell is all in my hair and in my clothes! *expletive*!” It was so bad, Stacey said she could tell who had put too much sage in their dressing; those burned the nose worse. Like I said, can’t they even let the turkey and dressing settle?!
After Stacey and my sister got their fill of Dark Brown Thursday, (we changed it from grey to brown after all we had smelled) we went back out to mom’s to eat and laugh some more. Good times!
Sometimes religion is like Black Friday. We go into a church, and buy into things we don’t really need, just because its cheap, or free. We listen to the preacher, and take him at his word, without reading God’s word for ourselves. We become bogged down by man’s traditions. Maybe we even begin to fight for favor by working ourselves to the point of being completely burnt out. Maybe sometimes we get caught up in a bunch of rules and regulations, set by the church, and we try to live up to their standards and not God’s.
I want to remind everyone, including myself, of something. Salvation may be a free gift to us, from God, and it may be as easy to get as cheap towels on Black Friday; but our salvation was anything but free! We were bought at a high price! Jesus paid our debt with His life! And He didn’t do that so we’d have to fight a crowd to get a cheap, bargain version of salvation. No! He willingly gave His own life so that we could be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him in the next.
Salvation is not something that’s offered as a blue light special, or only at certain times of the year, salvation is always available and the price, never changes! You don’t have to work for it, or fight a crowd. All you have to do is ask and believe! The price has been paid. Your sins can be forgiven.
Religion- a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects. There’s nothing wrong with religion itself. I don’t care if you’re Baptist, Methodist, nondenominational , or what you call yourself, just read The Word for yourself. Don’t let someone, or a particular organization be your Holy Spirit. It’s all about a relationship with Christ, and allowing His Spirit to work in and through YOU! You won’t gain favor from God on someone else’s coattail, or by working yourself to death, so that your peers think you’re a super christian. Having a pure heart, and pure motives is like a pleasant aroma to God; otherwise He probably thinks we smell like the noxious fumes we kept smelling on Dark Brown Thursday!
Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse. 2 Corinthians 2:15