FROM THE BACK PEW – Heart also important

Pastor Ed Brouwer dispenses wit and wisdom in his regular column to the Boundary Creek Times.

A boy asked his father, “Dad, if three frogs were sitting on a limb that hung over a pool, and one frog decided to jump off into the pool, how many frogs would be left on the limb?” The dad replied, “Two”. “No,” the son told him. “There are three frogs and one decides to jump, how many are left?” The dad said, “Oh, I get it, if one decides to jump, the others would too. So there are none left.” The boy said, “No dad, the answer is three. The frog only DECIDED to jump.”

Deciding to do something and actually doing it…. are two different things.

I love that about the prodigal son. In Luke 11:17-19 we read: “When he came to his senses, he said, How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.” Now the key to his freedom is found in verse 20, “So he got up and went to his father.”

At the beginning of a new year, a high school principal decided to post his teachers’ new year’s resolutions on the bulletin board. As the teachers gathered around the bulletin board, a great commotion started. One of the teachers was complaining. “Why weren’t my resolutions posted?” She was throwing such a temper tantrum that the principal hurried to his office to see if he had overlooked her resolutions. Sure enough, he had mislaid them on his desk. As he read her resolutions he was astounded. This teacher’s first resolution was not to let little things upset her in the New Year.

Now…..the actual “doing” part of your decision is important, but equally important is the “heart” behind it.

We long for people to give their hearts to Christ but if it ends up being just a half hearted decision, they’d be better off not making that decision! We have enough, in fact more than enough, half-hearted, cold emotionally, negligent in their faith, church-goers.

Philippians 3:12-14 “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”