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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Chronicles of Biscuit - "Don't Answer the Phone!"

If you've read "Shine Like Stars" very long, you know that Biscuit really likes sports and has several different teams he considers his favorites.  You also may remember that he got a Texas Longhorns jersey for his birthday in early December and that the principal called me the day he wore it to school.  While he actually called to talk about PTO, he began the conversation asking about the switch from OU to Texas.

Well, my sister and brother-in-law graduated from Texas Tech and they still live in Lubbock with their three children.  For Christmas they gave Biscuit a Texas Tech shirt.  Last week he decided to wear the new shirt to school.  I warned Biscuit that people might say something about that shirt and ask him why he was wearing it and he said, "Mom, if Mr. W (the principal) calls - don't answer it!" 

The next day at a basketball game I saw Mr. W and told him about the conversation.  He said that when Biscuit saw him in the hallway that morning, he covered his shirt with his coat and said, "Now I have on a Texas Tech shirt, but my aunt gave it to me!".  Biscuit passed the blame on to his Aunt Kim, didn't he?

Can you think of someone in the Bible that passed blame?  Well, there are several actually, but I thought of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3) in relation to this story about Biscuit.  Eve was tempted by the serpent (Satan) to eat of the fruit and she did.  She gave some to Adam, who apparently ate it without second thought at that time.  But, when their eyes were opened and they saw that they were naked, they hid.  They didn't want God to see that they were unclothed. 

Something to think about:

Biscuit didn't want Mr. W to see his Tech shirt, but that's no big deal.  It just makes for a funny story.  Adam and Eve didn't want God to see them.  That was a big deal!  They had sinned against God.  They were ashamed because their eyes were opened. 

Biscuit passed blame to his aunt for buying him the shirt.  Again, no big deal - just funny.  But not so funny that Eve blamed the serpent and Adam blamed Eve for the sin they committed.  Neither of them confessed wrong-doing, but tried to blame someone else.  We must confess to God the sins we commit.  We, alone, are responsible for committing our own sins.

Biscuit didn't want me to answer the phone if Mr. W called that day.  He didn't want to be questioned about his new shirt/team.  Adam and Eve didn't want to see God.  They were afraid because they knew they had disobeyed Him.  What they didn't realize is that they couldn't hide from God.  When God called them and they didn't answer, He knew where they were.  They finally told Him that they were hiding, but Our all-knowing Heavenly Father knew where they were the whole time. 

When God calls, we'd better answer!

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
2 Peter 1:2-4

Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:9-11
 
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