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What You See Is Not Always What You Get

lifebuzz-6e3c193e0afd11758ce8888fdfb22f4e-limit_2000.jpgI love to have fun. I love to laugh ’til I cry, hear ridiculous stories and simply have a great time. I do have a serious side of me - somewhere. Cindy tells everyone that she is still raising a teenager. She also lets people know that I have the ministry of irresponsibility. A few of my favorite things to watch are out-takes of movies or TV shows, America’s Funniest Bloopers and funny pictures - as you will be seeing. Sometimes what you see isn’t really what is going on. What might look like Vladimir Lenin hitting a 3 pointer like Stephen Curry is just a well-timed picture. How about a statue of Jesus reaching for an airplane - or a giraffe eating one? I like the one I call a giraffe-dog hybrid and the N.O. Saints player with a remarkable talent with fire. There’s the magical skills of a headless kid pulling his head of the sand. I could keep going with the funny dog faces or a disturbing picture of a draining sink but I think I’ll move on, for a while. I’m guessing on this, but I’m relatively sure we have all seen a picture or even a real-time scenario playing right before our eyes and what we see isn't at all the reality. I could go a few different ways with these pictures, such as; don’t rely on your eyes only (1 Samuel 16:7 The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.) I want to point you attention to a single sentence in 1 Corinthians 13. Verse 7 says [Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Another translation puts it this way, Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

lifebuzz-620a98c2d940f4abe030be0e454c1366-limit_2000.jpgWhat I am getting ready to write isn’t the easiest thing to do, but I do my best to live with this thought - GIVE THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT. I believe that one sentence can be boiled down to that. If there is something you see that could be viewed in a negative way, give the benefit of the doubt. If you THINK you know all of the facts and there could be a bad outcome, give the benefit of the doubt. There have been many fights, relationships destroyed, marriages torn apart because of a SIMPLE misunderstanding. Romans 12:18 says, Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. There is a great saying that says, In every bad (or even apparently bad) situation that you see, you can either throw water on it Or you can throw gasoline. It just depends on the outcome that you’re looking for. One of the gifts that God’s Spirit has for us is PEACE. Let’s be agents of peace in a world that is in distress. Give the benefit of the doubt. With God’s help, get along, or as my mom would say, play nice. Now, get out there and have some fun. Laugh with someone. Go see a funny movie. Go play in the rain. Get an ice cream cone and throw it your best friend’s face - wait, that’s a wast. Just give it to me. Enjoy life together. God created us this way.

~ Vive Ríe Ama ~

~ Vivi Ridi Ama ~

~ Live Laugh Love ~ 

Ben Hodge is lead pastor of Bethel Family Ministries in El Paso Texas.
Bethel Family Ministries
Lead Pastor
El Paso, Texas

Posted on: April 21st, 2016


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