We have a family story that gets told every now and then.
It is always related with a smile and with a measure of love.
This same thing could happen with you or me at any moment.
None of us is immune to mistakes….
My husband’s grandmother was visiting his parents’ home. Someone suggested that popcorn be made.
Grandmother went to the kitchen. In preparing the corn for popping, she reached into a low cabinet to get the cooking oil.
She chose a bottle and poured the liquid into the popper.
As the corn began to pop, something was not the same.
Instead of cooking oil, Grandmother had used a bottle of VINEGAR to pour from….
This reminds me of something else:
For several years, we have had a children’s card game at our home. The game cards have pictures on them.
Three cards make a set, or complete picture. There is a front, a middle and an end.
The point of the game is to complete a picture logically, say, the front, the middle and the end of an ice cream truck.
Many giggles are possible as the cards are mixed and the fronts, middles, and ends form wacky, out of place pictures.
What happens when we ourselves are mixed up?
Almost without realizing it, our lives can become gradually mixed with the wrong ingredients.
With the sincerest of hearts, we can strive to please God and devote our lives to Him.
Our "cards" are all lined up and who we really are matches who we say we are.
But somehow, perhaps through peer pressure or the temptations of the current social norm, a card gets switched.
We are not immediately alerted to the change because the new card seems to have the same parts as the old one. It almost fits, but not quite.
As we go along, others may see that most of who we are seems to be certain, yet they can tell there’s something that’s not exactly right.
If our condition is unattended to, a second card may take the place of another of our own.
By this time, our lives are really confusing to those that see us. We seem to be this way, but then, we’re like that way and next–what’s this? A totally different card shows up!
The definition of sin is anything that is displeasing to God.
No matter what the card appears to be that has become mixed up into your life—if it is displeasing to God, it is sin.
Popcorn cooked with vinegar is not the same as when it is cooked with oil.
Take a moment to consider—has Satan been playing "Mixies" with your own heart? Have attitudes and behaviors that are displeasing to God become a regular part of who you are?
Like cooked vinegar, sin can stink.
God is ready to put your life back in order, placing the bad influences on the discard pile.
Why don’t you talk to Him about it……right now.