in, Good Out
he called the crowd to Him and said to them, 'Listen and understand: it is not
what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of
the mouth that defiles.'
-- Matthew 15:1-20
along, I have said that homemade chocolate chip cookies were good for me, and
even Jesus says this is so. The
gift of good chocolate chip cookies remind me of home, when I was younger, and
bring a smile to my face. The cookie goes in, a smile comes out.
Hear the Good News, Jesus'
message was not about chocolate chip cookies, but about the very nature
of the Holy Spirit. We can teach, tell, listen and hear, but it is what
we do, what we do that shares the message of who we are and what we are about.
Jesus laid down The Law with the
Pharisees. Maybe, hopefully, after the sting wore off, they responded in
a different way.
Lord, thank You
for the little reminders of what it is that I need to remember and what I need
to do. I can say one thing all
day long, but if I forget what it is really about, I am missing the whole
point. Let all that comes out of my mouth and my life be pleasing to
You for all You have done in my
life, and all You will continue to do, through Christ our Lord I pray.