Saturday, March 24, 2007
The other night I was asked to speak for a few moments to the youth. I gave them a very short and quick lesson on choices. My title, for memory sake, was Cruella or Cinderella. Without repeating the entire stories of which I am sure you are familiar, let me just say this - Cruella may have been gorgeous and very possibly would have looked beautiful in a Dalmatian coat, but her wicked spirit was despised. Consequently, she never obtained her heart's desire and her very name spoke of her character, Cruella. To the contrary was Cinderella who with a kind, sweet, spirit, became the Prince's bride. Biblically speaking, I could have used Jezebel or Miriam. Jezebel who was so bad she was thrown to the dogs or Miriam who became the main praise leader after years of being a faithful servant. Everyday each of us must make choices - good or bad. Decisions to be an imposter or real, pretentious or truth, cruel or kind, rough or smooth, fake or genuine, miserable or happy, and the list can go on. I won't bore you with my entire outline, but I will list some scriptures. (For those of you who enjoy studying the Bible, you can probably tell by the other scriptures what else I spoke about.) I will quote two scriptures, however, that I feel are so important when we make choices. "Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14 (NIV) "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10 (NIV) After speaking, my little girl said, "Mommy, I liked that. I am Cinderella." I pray she keeps that sweet, Cinderella spirit.
Other references: Proverbs 31:30, I Peter 3:3-5, Psalm 149:4, Chronicles 28:9, Zechariah 8:16-17, Romans 12:6, Exodus 31:3