"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Have You Seen This Person?

Yes, it’s a ruse, a joke, a hoax, a gag. Especially a gag, as that was my first impulse when I found the photo. All jocularity aside, though, everyone knows over-aged babies, stunted in their emotional and spiritual growth. Most of us suffer from having one somewhere in our families, and hope he or she enjoys life—as far away from us as possible.

Such adult-size babies share a common issue; when they gaze into a mirror, they’re likely to see a tall, gorgeous, dude or dudette looking admiringly back at them. Of course, this sort of narcissism also stains many of us spiritually, but like this infantile caballero, they haven’t a clue—or maybe I should say, “we” haven’t a clue. But if the shoe fits, it’s an infant size 1.

Problem is, even if we were among these folks, we wouldn’t have a clue, even with a checklist of symptoms. Such folks are certain they have the inside track with the Good Lord, so they have no need to learn anything. I won’t say they aren’t “saved,” but one thing is true of them: Nothing they do glorifies God; if they happen to do anything right, they are sure to grab all the credit.

The Bible calls these people “fools,” and I’m glad it does, as God’s Word never gave us the right to judge people, even if the aforesaid shoe is an infant size 1.

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