I am enjoying reading my old Living Bible this month. I assumed it was almost the same as the New Living Translation but it is a different world. The NLT pretends to be a translation. The LB admits it is a paraphrase. I have this verse underlined from thirty years ago,
“The backslider gets bored with himself; the godly man’s life is exciting.”We are surrounded with bored people. They are seeking thrills and spills. I think of the coming Christmas season and the endless parties people will attend. I have never made a habit of going to such gatherings because I have listened to stories. They seem to be little more than an excuse to get drunk and convince yourself you are having a good time. I remember years ago a guy talking about the great time he had, drinking and partying. I asked him what he did. He said, “I can’t remember but I had a great time.” By that definition getting a colonoscopy is having a great time.
So? Being self centered is a sure recipe for boredom. If you are bored go out and study a leaf on a tree and wonder how it was made. Meditate on the miracle of the incarnation. Ask yourself if Mary ever nagged Joseph.
Some of those folks who "enjoyed themselves" think otherwise when the pictures show up.
Actually they post them on whatever the most current social media is. Lack of dignity has no bounds.
Grace and peace
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