Smoking or Non-Smoking?
"Where do you want to sit in Eternity: Smoking or Non-Smoking?" the sign outside the church asked. Cute, no, a very clever slogan actually. It made me smile but more importantly it made me think: smoking or non smoking...
You might consider it a blessing or curse of God's gift of free will but it always comes down to our choices doesn't it? Smoking or non-smoking is my choice not God's. He won't get in our way although he does everything to help us make the right choice;gives us His Son, pours out grace, leads us through the Holy Spirit. If he always had his way we would all be with Him in Eternity. That's HIS desire and when our choice is the same as his desire or will it's a beautiful thing; it's called Heaven and conversely when our choice opposes his desire or will then that's Hell and its not a beautiful thing at all!
But I also asked myself what drives me? Is it a desire to gain heaven or to avoid hell? And I realized that is a selfishly motivated thought; whether to gain or to avoid it's all about me. The real question is which is stonger: it is my love of God or my love of the devil/world/flesh? So again I have a choice to make. And so do you, what will it be: Smoking or Non Smoking?
Hi, welcome to my weekly blog. I'm deacon Michel and I love blogging and the healthy exchange of constructive ideas. Now my mind has been known to wander on a million different things all at once so don't be surprised at what you find here. I often scratch my head and go 'Huh?' at my own thoughts. Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts with me.
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For I take seriously what a very wise man has often said to me:
"Ordination is not license for private practice" - Msgr. A. Andersen