Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
It was almost unbearable. One of the things that I enjoy about my day job is that I get to share good news with people. Every Sunday, except when I don’t, I have the privilege of sharing truth about God from the Bible. Now I don’t know if you know, but for most preachers those sermons don’t come in the mail, don’t come from a website, and don’t just magically appear. For me, it all begins with getting God’s opinion about a topic, lesson or idea and then gathering all the necessities such as the right scripture and various stories and quotes. After that, I begin to put it all together to hopefully make it both informational and applicable.
Applicable—now that is a big deal to me. I want what I prepare and deliver to be something that will help those who hear the message to go home with something that will help them do life. I know it is important to have a good strong introduction and that is where this story begins. I was going to talk that day about three things that God gives us from His Word that will help in our day-to-day walk. Well, somewhere in the process of brainstorming and thinking, the number three and the fact that these three things were there to help make life bearable—in fact more than bearable—made me think of the story of the three bears. Well, just like that I had the perfect introduction and outline for my message—almost.
So, with the story of the three bears ringing in my head, I began researching, gathering information and writing. After more than a few hours, the message began to take shape and center stage were those three bears. Like I said, there were three things that God gave us to help make life more than bearable. Taken from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, they were rejoicing always, praying always and always being thankful. Enter the three bears. I had Papa Bear, who was just a hair grumpy, complaining his porridge was too hot and his bed was too hard. His answer and ours is to learn to live in joy—rejoice always. Next please.
Next came Mama Bear and she had a problem with her porridge and bed too except hers was too cold and too soft. Oh, these silly bears—she simply needed to learn to pray more and complain less—in other words, pray always. By now I’m getting excited—the message was almost in the bag. That can only leave Baby Bear and he got it right. Of course, being the baby of eight in my family—I wasn’t a bit surprised—we always get it right. His response was that the porridge and the bed were both just right. He was contented and therefore He was grateful and thankful. There you go…put on a bow…and out we go just in time to beat the other churches to the restaurants.
Well, Saturday night is always my crunch night and I always go over the sermon making any and all final adjustments. Well, I decided I should check on this three-bear thing to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, so I Googled it and discovered—I had it ALL wrong. It seems I left out a young lady named Goldilocks and it was her and not the bears that did almost all the talking and complaining about the porridge and beds. And the humor of it all was the opening line in my introduction was, “Everyone knows the story of the three bears” that is everyone but me! Well, it was too late to rewrite the story so all I could do was tell my unbearable—no pun intended—tale. Thankfully, I think it may have made for a better introduction anyway, but I must admit I am puzzled on how I managed to get it so wrong—even leaving out the main character.
Who knows, right? But then I realized we do it all the time except it isn’t a fairytale, it isn’t three bears, and it isn’t a little girl with golden hair. Nope—it is the story of our lives, lived out in real life drama and how often we leave our main character, our Dearest Daddy, out of the story. Well, if my rewriting of the three bears is crazy—leaving God sitting on the curb is even crazier. And remember, that Goldilocks wasn’t some minor player—she was the star of the show—just like God should be in our story.
Well, we will call this Grits a wrap and put the bears to bed. Just a few things to remember. One, remember to always check the facts and preferably do it sooner than later! Two, don’t try and make the story fit your story—I’m sure that helped me be wrong. It all sounded so right—even though it wasn’t. And finally, just remember that even when you get it all wrong, we can rest in one thing—that no matter what—He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne
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It was still a great sermon. Our Heavenly Papa may have gotten a good laugh out of it, but He blessed it and those who heard it. He’s definitely got this!