There’s a saying in journalism circles: If your mother says she loves you, check it out.
Years ago, I was assigned a story about a man who was then very old living in Phoenix. Apparently, he had been a gangster in Chicago way back in the day of Al Capone and his ilk. But God had gotten ahold of his heart and he had experienced a dramatic change in his life.
So I was sent by the magazine to check out his story. What I heard was an amazing tale of organized crime activity and redemption. But, of course, being the good journalist that I was, I had to verify these stories.
This was in the days before the Internet, so a simple Google search for any corroborating newspaper articles or anything was not possible. So I went to the library and did things the old-fashioned way: microfiche.
Boy, was that painstaking–and fruitless. I simply couldn’t find any evidence that what this sweet old man had told me was true. It made me feel a little better that his family wasn’t all that sure it was true either.
Nowadays, with all kinds of information right at our fingertips, we still have to be careful about what we believe. Websites like truthorfiction.com and snopes exist to help dispel erumors, but not even they can catch everything.
And wonderful tool that it can be, Photoshop has made even the statement “pictures don’t lie” untrue. Just take a look at the National Enquirer if you have any doubts about that.
So, when Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life,” how can we trust that? Check it out. Read the Bible and test and see if anything He’s ever said has not been true. Joyce Meyers says this, “Believing what others say rather than exploring God’s Word for yourself will actually limit you and even keep you from doing what God created you to do. But, if you will contend for the truth, embrace it and build your life upon it, you will succeed in every endeavor.”
“O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8)
Thankful today for:
255. a fun field trip to Green Meadows petting farm
256. sweet baby goats, ducks and chicks
257. goats that will push each other out of the way just to be petted by you
258. cold water
259. so many teens going on misson trips this summer
260. good mid-term reports for my kids
261. a two-day work week
262. my identity in Christ
263. digital photos
Two-day workweek indeed. That’s just for one of the aforementioned Bartholomew’s Hats [https://stephreeves.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/500-hats/] you wear: teaching 2nd graders. It will just make more room for cooking, laundry, picking up after three kids . . .