Bad Hair Day

Debbi Goolsby

"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it."  James 1:19-25

Bud was looking in the mirror Sunday morning.  He heard his mom say, “Make sure you brush your teeth and comb your hair before we leave for church.”  “Okay,” Bud replied.  Wow, was Bud ever having a bad hair day!   After studying the mirror, he decided to go get dressed first.  As he got dressed, he thought about the fun day ahead.  Theo asked him to come over after church to ride sideboards; he couldn’t wait.  Soon it was time to go.  Bud sped out to the car.

Mom looked back a Bud and asked, “Did you comb your hair?”  “Oh No,” Bud said, “I forgot!”  “I guess you’ll just have to wear it like that, since we don’t have time to fix it now,” mom said.  Though Bud might later forget that he looked quite messy, his friends were reminded of it all day!

Sometimes, we look in the Bible and see how God wants us to live and take note of the changes we should make.  It’s like looking into a mirror and seeing that it’s a “bad hair day.”  Have you ever had that happen?  I sure have!

A “hearer” would be one who just walked away and forgot to comb his hair.  A “doer” sees the need and takes action; he combs his hair!  Maybe, after hearing God’s Word, you know there is something you should change.  If you walk away from the Word without changing, it is kind of like Bud and his bad hair; it doesn’t get changed.  We are still a mess!  It is important to listen to God’s Word, but even more important to do it!  Let be “hearers” AND “doers” of God’s Word!

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