“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5

Recently we observed a toddler at a nearby restaurant table as he seemed to master his parents “tablet.” I sat there amazed at this little person, probably no older than 3, as he tabbed, swiped and even entered on this electronic devise. Children today are exposed and taught so many things that I would have never dreamed of as I grew up. They are constantly shown a new and/or better way.

This brought on a conversation at our table about the game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” I have, and I quickly concluded, that I am not always smarter than a fifth-grader. However, I was taught at an early age to follow the golden rule; to do unto others as you would have them do to you. I do pray that there are still parents that teach this as they raise their children. I am not saying that teaching the functions of all the new gadgets is a bad thing. We as adults learn new things but we should never forget that God, and following His Word, is the greatest teaching method ever.

The serpent deceived Adam and Eve into trying to gain something for themselves at the cost of disobedience to God. He implied that God was withholding something from them and the only way to acquire it would be to do what God told them not to do. They believed that they were smarter than their creator; they thought they had a better plan for their lives than God did. God had given them a paradise with everything they would ever want or need but that wasn’t enough. Yet, the tempter implied that God was withholding something from them and the only way to acquire it would be to do what God told them not to do. As a result, they would lose their warm, intimate relationship with Him. Our world changed at that moment.

Life works best when we let God be our master and we take on the subordinate role of His servant. God loves us so much. He wants for us to have a close and personal relationship with Him. When you allow God to set the path in your life, your life will change forever. Our prayer each day should be that we will choose His way over our own. Be smart, Think about it!

PRAYER TIME: Please pray for Ray Boleman, Patsy McGuire, Paul Moody, Louise Greene, Margaret and Rudy Hartley, Pat McNeill, Kathy Pennell, Eddie Bentley, Mikey Pitts, Lorene Eidson, Butch Pitts, Ann Greene, Matthew Ford, Christopher Teams and his grandmother, Blanche, Joe Greene, Mary Hicks, Mabel Church, Peter Floistad, Bob Miller, Rachel Moody, Teri Graham and her parents, Marshall and Doris Edwards, Marie Moody, Adam Lewis, Lisa Abernathy, Wendy Estes, Sharon Pitts, Marilyn Crisp, Reba Moretz, Maxine Sparks, Brian Helton, Anna Lee Lawrence, Jewel Moody, Jill Dixon, James Sigmon, Jim Greene, Recie Craig, Stanley Coffey and many unspoken requests, for our Military, our Nation and leaders and a ray of hope for those in prison.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Beau Cook on July 19th, to Makena Cook on July 20th, to my nephew, Brian Collins, Evie Sigmon, Barbara Cash, and Margie Deibel on July 22nd, to my granddaughter, Piper Lawrence and Joe Campbell on July 23rd, to Linda Story on July 24th and to my nephew, Chris Pitts on July 25th. May the good Lord bless you in His most wondrous and serendipitous way!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO: Jason and Edith Berry on July 19th, to Roger and Karen Baird on July 22nd, and to Brian and Audra Vannoy on July 23rd. May God bless us all to have many more years together!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “An argument is two people trying to get in the last word FIRST!”

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