Friday, June 4, 2010

A Different Path

In a previous blog I mentioned being part of the body of Christ. I recalled another verse with similar thought, so this morning I spent some time with Romans 12.

Very appropriate, as our Girls Sunday School classes are studying their roles as Beautiful Princesses. One of the first things they need to learn is presentation. How should they present themselves? Roman 12:1 starts us on that journey.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.

(I do miss my e-Sword!! Working on a borrowed laptop does have some limitations, and I do appreciate the loan -- it just looks a bit strange as I type following a copy from the 'net. Just a small aside, back to the train of thought.)

This brings to mind recent stories about the British royal family. A former member presented herself in an unreasonable fashion -- not in how she dressed, for she appeared quite modestly in the video. Her problem stemmed from what she said and what she was selling. Her excuse took it further, as she stated she was overwhelmed by alcohol. She should have read Proverbs 23 (Thanks to Bro. Brad for the recent study, giving me an excellent verse as an example.)

Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. [Proverbs 23:20-21]

A princess needs to know that she will be the center of attention in many ways. How people see her may determine what they think of her Father. For our girls, that is our Heavenly Father, to whom we are to glorify, We're told to do so early in the New Testament.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. [Matthew 5:16]

There is no glory, for anyone, while displaying drunkedness. What is displayed instead is disrespect, humiliation and a need to apologize. In many instances, necessities are taken away. A lost drivers license could mean a lost job, lost income to an entire family. No one, however, gives thought to those possibilities when enjoying a good time with friends. So, let's remove those possibilities by not placing ourselves in a position. Make it known that drinking is not part of our lives.

No need to make an issue about it, unless someone else does. Then it becomes an opportunity to witness that it is possible to be fun, have fun and enjoy friends without partaking.

Reading back over this for typos (I'm not able to use a word processor to check spelling, etc.) I am struck at the way I've been led to write. I had every intention of bringing attention to the tea party our Sunday School girls held on Thursday. Instead, my thoughts went to the unintended results of being a social drinker. Amazing where Bible study and prayer will take one! And, now you know I select my graphics after the blogs are written.

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