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When we built our sunroom, Bobby put a sidewalk down the middle of one part of it and left the dirt on each side for  two little gardens, about 3 feet wide and 8 feet long.  That was a brilliant idea.  But when we bought the panels for the roof, the salesperson picked up the wrong kind of panels and we didn’t know it until we had already put them on top of the sunroom.  It was unintentional on the part of the clerk, but it didn’t help our little gardens. They are the  kind that don’t let the ultraviolet rays of the sun in.   The sun that our plants get has to come in from the windows…so the plants grow horizontally instead of vertically.  That means that when they get taller and heavier…they end up lying in the soil. 

Actually we got a bargain…we had to purchase 9 panels for the roof and we got the more expensive ones for the price of the plain ones. But it was a bargain that was not what we really wanted.  It wasn’t our mistake but if we’d known before we put them on we would have returned them, and got the right kind.  The only reason we knew (besides the evidence of how the plants grow)   is that we lacked one getting enough.  When we went back and looked through them, the clear ones were about 20 dollars cheaper than the ones we purchased…and we could tell the difference too, in the shades of them. 

There are so many spiritual applications that come to mind.  First off….if Christ the Son, is not at the top of our lives, we will not grow right spiritually…. our spiritual lives will be dwarfed.  Instead of growing up spiritually, if we grow sideways, we will end up lying in the soil…spiritually.  If we don’t look UP to Him as we make our decisions and live our lives…we will not grow spiritually.

Acts 17:11  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Don’t just listen to the preacher:  Yes, he should know and preach the truth if he’s going to be a preacher…just like that sales clerk should have known his merchandise.    Read the Bible and see for yourselves that what they teach is true.  

Satan tries to get us to accept a bargain…an easier life, more money, more fun and games…but it really isn’t a bargain if we lose our soul in the meantime. Actually we didn’t make the mistake…the sales clerk did, but in our lives, we can not blame someone else.  If we do not make the right decisions for our children as they grow up and train them to make the right decisions…the world will make them for us and for them.  

Some cheap stuff in the world is not really a bargain for us spiritually. 

We finally closed up the little garden that isn’t close to the windows.  The plants there REALLY grew sideways.  We need to close up the past…and the parts of our lives that do not induce us to live for Christ.   


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