Check it out

IMG_5991Yesterday Diane and I ran across a shoe sale at Walmart.  They had lots of sneakers marked down to $3 and some marked $2.  We bought all they had for Operation Christmas Child – about 170 pair.  They were paid for by someone who believes in the mission of OCC and knows how frugal Diane and I are.  They gave Diane money so that when she sees deals, she can purchase things.  On average, the shoes would have been about $15 a pair at regular price.  That would be over $2,500 at regular price.  We paid $509.   As each pair of shoes was scanned, the women at the register, Diane, and I were all trying to make sure that each pair of shoes rang up at $2 or $3.  There were a few pair that rang up for $14.95, $19.95, etc.  We put those IMG_5990back.  We were only wanting the shoes that were on clearance.  The point was that we had to be careful not to assume every pair of shoes that was hanging under the $3 or $2 sign was indeed $2 or $3.  Sometimes people will put something where it doesn’t belong and we didn’t want to pay that much.  We had to check it out.

And speaking of checking it out, last night I spoke to the kids at Burlington Children’s Home.  I told them the remarkable story of Esther and how God used the tragedy of her parents’ death to get her into a position to do something amazing for her people and for Him.  That out of the bad, God can and does bring good.  I related that to their time at the children’s home and how they may one day look back and see how God used that time for their good and His glory.  When I was done, one of the teen boys said, “Is that really in the Bible?”  I told him it was in the Old Testament book of Esther.  I love it that he wasn’t willing to just take my word for it, but that he seemed eager to check it out to make sure that what I said was true.

One of the difficulties the church faces today is the same as it’s faced for 2,000 years.  People are too easily deceived.  You need to check things out.  And we need to understand that you or I may disagree with God and when we do, it’s not God that needs to change.  God’s Word is not there to affirm us, but to instruct us.  And we check it out and then adjust our thinking and actions to align with God’s Word.

Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. ~ Philippians 4:8






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One Response to Check it out

  1. I love to see what other people are doing for their OCC shoeboxes. I love doing these.

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