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home : religion : religion December 3, 2020

9/26/2020 12:11:00 AM
Guest Column
Don't Miss The Bus

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

Recently, I have been taking my lunch with me to work. It is cheaper to bring lunch than to go a restaurant each workday. It also saves time, because I can eat at my office and never have to leave the building. Finally, it eliminates one more time to be in public and to be exposed to the possibility of COVID.

The last time I took my lunch anywhere was while I was in grade school. My mom packed my lunch, and she decided what I was going to eat on any particular day. Some days the selection was better than others, but my choice was to eat it, trade it, or go hungry.

Now, my wife packs my lunch, and she makes every meal wonderful. She makes different sandwiches, cookies, chips, and fruit. However, my favorite part of lunch is my lunchbox. I didn’t want a plain metal lunch pail or a brown paper bag. I wanted a lunchbox that made me think of my childhood.

I bought a Scooby Doo and The Mystery Machine Lunchbox, based upon the cartoon. I know it sounds childish and probably looks foolish for a man of my age to carry this lunchbox, but I don’t care. I would have bought the same lunchbox that I carried in the first grade, but I couldn’t find a “Laugh-In” lunchbox, based upon the television show back from the 1960’s. Sometimes in life you just have to settle!

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As I was leaving for work one morning with my lunchbox in hand, my wife walked me to the door, kissed me, and told me, “Don’t miss your bus!” I guess she was thinking what I was thinking, I might be too old to carry a child’s lunchbox, even if I am a kid at heart. By the way, I didn’t miss the bus and I had a wonderful lunch that day!

There is a difference between being childlike and childish, and this is what I want you to consider today. To have childlike faith means to believe what you are told. A child is innocent and loving to family members or strangers. They are trustful of the people who are around them. They must also depend upon the adults around them for training and protection. Let’s be honest, it is not easy being a child! The characteristics of being childish are completely different. I can sum up being childish in one word: selfish. A childish attitude is focused upon one person, and that is self. Be careful of the childish attitude, for it is in all of us waiting to show itself in one form or another.

Believe it or not, you can learn a great deal about time and eternity from a child. Matthew 18:1-4 says, “At that time the disciples came to Jesus saying, ‘Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’”

I love the truth in this story that Jesus called a little child to Him, and the child came without hesitation! That is a sermon in itself, being ready and willing to come when Jesus calls for you. As adults we sometimes make the mistake of overthinking things, of not trusting when we should trust, hesitating when we should move forward, and looking for answers instead of accepting the peace that God gives to us. When it comes to trusting in Jesus, don’t be childish and the miss the bus!

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

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