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8/12/2017 12:15:00 AM
Why I Don't Like To Fly

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

One of my favorite movies is the “Wizard of Oz.” When I was a child I would watch this show every time it was on television. It was with great excitement I would watch Dorothy fight off the wicked witch from the West who rode a broom with a bunch of evil monkeys that wore red fez’s and tuxedo’s but could fly like a flock of geese heading South for the winter.

I’m not sure why I was enthralled by this show, but I have never grown tired of it. Maybe it was because of the cinematography where in one place everything was black and white, and the next scene was full blown color. Perhaps it was because of the concept of good vs. evil, with good winning at the end of the movie and everyone was happy. Even better was the moral of the story, which was if what you were looking for wasn’t in your own back yard, you hadn’t lost anything. 

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Apparently, Dorothy didn’t play outside a great deal, because when I was a child I lost all sorts of things in my backyard. I lost money, baseballs, a couple of chains that I wore around my neck, a few of my Dad’s tools, my temper (does that count?), and a couple of fair weather friends.

With all of that being accounted for, my favorite part of the movie was the lines from the characters themselves. The old witch had a couple of zingers, “I’ll get you and your little dog too!” and who could forget, “Surrender Dorothy.” Of course the wicked witch wrote that line in the sky with her broom, which impressed me that she could write and fly at the same time. Maybe she is the reason I don’t like to fly.

The best line of the movie came from the Scarecrow, who confessed to Dorothy when he first met her, “If I only had a brain.” Now that’s something you don’t hear everyday, especially from a stranger. How many men do you know will tell a cute young lady wearing red ruby slippers and traveling with a little dog that he doesn’t have a brain? That’s not the best way to make a good first impression. Most of the time our actions will show just how much brains we do or do not have. Talking about the abundance or lack of something is not near as important as showing it!

I am amazed just how far people will go to show you how much brains they have. I’m no exception. I have an entire wall filled with official documents and proclamations that say that I have certain entitlements and privileges because I stayed in school for a certain amount of time. That doesn’t say anything about how smart I am, but it does say that I am persistent and don’t know when to quit.

The Scarecrow’s line, “If I only had a brain,” would be great to use when friends and even strangers were mad at you over something. This would be a quick way to take responsibility for any and every mistake you made. For example, if you didn’t take out the trash and your spouse was reminding you of your shortcomings, you could enthusiastically say, “If I only had a brain!” I’m sure you would hear some witty comebacks from folks, but you have already taken the fun from them by explaining you just don’t have any brains.

Of course I am kidding; all of us have brains (including the Scarecrow). The question is, how are we using our brains in our lives? Romans 15:5-7 says, “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be likeminded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you many with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.” In other words, we should use our minds to glorify Christ and treat others in a way that honors Him.

Let me ask you one more question, “What is on your mind today in regards to God and to mankind?

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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