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Topic: FEAST (07/12/18)
- TITLE: Sunny Side Up
By Virgil Youngblood
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“Oh, Brother Rogers,” she said. “I have sin in my life.”
The pastor nodded his head up and down, fingertips touched together beneath his nose, doing the holy- bob. “Bless you,” he exclaimed. “Sin? What sin is it?”
“Every Sunday,” Mrs. Colston said, “When I pass this mirror I look into it and think ‘you are a beautiful woman.’ Its vanity, pastor -- it’s the sin of vanity.”
“Mercy me,” Pastor Rogers exclaimed, bobbing. “That’s not vanity Mrs. Colston – that’s glaucoma!”
A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance. (Proverbs 15:15). Pastor Rogers has one and hopefully Mrs. Colston does.
I once read about a psychologist exploring why some people were inclined to be optimistic and others pessimistic. He found the perfect candidates – twin boys, with opposite natures. With the parent’s permission he ran an experiment on Christmas morning.
The pessimistic child received a room full of every toy a boy his age could desire. But, alas, he quickly found fault. Holding up a toy truck he said, “This will probably break before supper. I don’t think the paint will last on that one either.”
The optimistic youth was told his gift was in a small tack room in the barn. Racing there he found the room filled knee deep in dried horse manure. To the Doctor’s astonishment he watched as the boy stooping, began to thrown horse apples over his shoulder.
“With all this stuff in here,” the boy exclaimed, “there’s got to be a pony somewhere!”
A young seminary graduate had not received a call to a church. Bursting at the seams to preach, he rented a small pavilion in the countryside. Then he had flyers printed advertising a service on a certain date. He walked the streets of the small Texas town handing advertisements to any that would take one and nailing many to strategic telephone poles in the community.
When the evening arrived the young man stepped behind the podium. To his dismay, only one old farmer comprised his audience.
Discouraged, he asked the old gentleman, “What do you think? Should I preach?”
The old man hitched a strap of his overalls back over a boney shoulder. “If I went down in the field to feed the cows and only one old cow showed up,” he said, “ I’d feed her.”
Taking that as a “Yes” the young man let fly. An hour-and-a half later he shut down. “What do you think?” he asked.
“Well, son,” the farmer said, “If I went down in the field to feed the cows and only one old cow showed up, I wouldn’t give ‘er the whole load.”
Proverbs 15:15 (b) … he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
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