October 31, 2009
It ticks us off when we get fooled.
It REALLY ticks us off when someone touches our hearts, gets us to pull for them and THEN fools us.
It REALLY, REALLY ticks us off when someone touches our hearts, gets us to pull for them, fools us and THEN we find out they did it for their own selfish intentions.
That’s what ticks us off at the balloon boy’s family. Thousands of people across the country were pulling and praying for this young fellow and his family, thinking he was frightened to his toes and in danger of losing his life. Then we discover that it was all a sham to get publicity and probably money for his parents. “How low can you get?” was a question being asked.
Sad. What must be going on in their hearts to go to all that trouble, risking everything for a moment of fame that would lead to money?
Same thing that goes on in our hearts. Okay, maybe we don’t send up a balloon claiming our kid is soaring into local flight patterns, but how many things do we do to get what we want at the expense of others? There’s a hole in our hearts we try to fill and we’re blind to it. You and I may never get the United States Air Force in our efforts, but it really is the same issue.
What are you doing to fill the hole in your heart?
Try this from Jesus: Gospel of John chapter 10, verse 10. (The Message) 10A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
And check with someone you trust before you launch the balloon.
(To listen to Herb via the internet go to http://www.newsongpittsburgh.org/sermons.htm )