Wow! Talk about a loaded question. Where to start…where to start? I think someday I will write a book of famous quotes and memories from the Record family (submit your entries at www.actionchurch.com – Josiah would love to hear from you!). But seriously, after yesterday’s message the new #1 on my top 10 list of favorites – hands down – “It looked like ten pounds of jello jigglers in a five pound bag.” Visual imagery at it’s finest folks.
The point of any message or sermon illustration isn’t necessarily to make us laugh, (although some weeks you have to admit – the man is just on a roll!) but humor can be a very effective tool to grab our attention and spark our memory. Don uses humor every week to make us think. To make us stretch. To challenge us. I am so very thankful for his gift. Every week I walk out of Frank Theater with so much stuff swimming around in my head.
Here is what I left with yesterday:
I don’t want to be a vomit bowl.
I don’t want to be ten pounds of jello jigglers.
Monday morning is here and the message is still clear to me. Yes. Jesus will wash away my sin. BUT I have to want to stay clean. I have to want to become like a fine piece of china. I have to choose to turn away from sin and turn towards righteousness.
No. I shouldn’t be judged by how I look, dress, act…..BUT I have to respect myself. I have to be beautiful inside (rather than outside). I have to choose to turn away from self and toward self sacrifice.
There is an old saying that came to mind this morning: If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….it’s probably a duck”. Keep this thought handy as you think about sin buckets and youthful lust this week (you are welcome for the reminder ) :-)…..If it looks like a sinner, walks like a sinner and talks like a sinner…..it’s probably a sinner.
You choose – GRAVY BOAT or VOMIT BUCKET.