An old story tells of a desert nomad who awakened hungry in the middle of the night. He lit a candle and began eating dates from a bowl beside his bed. He took a bite from one end and saw a worm in it, so he threw it out of the tent. He bit into a second date, found another worm, and threw it away also. Reasoning that he wouldn’t have any dates left to eat if he continued, he blew out the candle and quickly ate all the dates.
We do that too often in our lives. We think as long as no one is looking or if we just hurry through a sin it will be all right. As a society we seem to be yelling, “That is in his private life and what he does in private is his own business.” There could be a debate over if our private lives are really private or not. Many people take positions in sports, politics or religion, and think that they should be able to enjoy a private life. They should have some private time, but that shouldn’t exempt them from living moral lives during that time.
Some day we will have to give an account for everything that we have done while here on the earth. God will open our lives up and there will be no hiding from Him. “For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:14 If you are living a life of eating and looking the other way so as to avoid the worm, your life will be exposed someday. I bit into an apple once and almost ate a worm. I spit out that section and took another bite. I came very close to eating the second half of the worm. Don’t try to cover up with God. Clean your life up!!!
I have also been thinking lately about the topic of contentment. We need to learn to be content in good and bad times. Some are not content when they have a lot and some are not content with a little. It amazes me how that these high price athletes are always looking for more. Most of the time they want more money in the next contract and if they give up some money, it is only so their team will win and they will get more fame and thus more endorsements; and therefore more money.
God just wants us to trust in Him and be content no matter what the circumstances. Are you truly content with what you have in this life? “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” I Timothy 6:8 Be content, even if the food has worms in it!
Dr. Andy Spencer is the Senior Minister of First Church of Christ on Ledbetter Road in Xenia.
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