When my daughter was very young, my wife and I were attempting to teach her the days of the week. We decided to use the television theme song from the memorable 70’s sitcom, Happy Days.
And it worked! Our daughter could soon rattle off the days of the week by singing the opening lines of the song. Pleased with her progress, we decided to quiz her on the days of the week but without singing the now familiar song. She began slowly,...”Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.”
My wife and I joyfully praised her and then asked her, “What’s the next day?”
My daughter looked at us thoughtfully then smiled and said, “What a day?” (Hint-listen to the theme song again if you don’t get it!) We both laughed as we realized our teaching aid worked well and still led to the wrong answer!
This delightful memory reminds me of the many times I have jumped to my own conclusions about how to answer life’s questions simply because this is how I learned it from the world. I think about the actions I have taken about career choices, money management, conflict resolution, even forgiveness. I followed advice that I learned from my parents, teachers, and friends...and just my gut instincts. It was only after God saved me and directed me to learn about Him from the Bible, that I understood the Truth.
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD.
Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)
Many of my earlier decisions in life were rooted in common sense and a groupthink mentality. Like using the television theme song as a guide, it may lead to a partial truth and ultimately the wrong answer. It has not been easy to rethink years of conditioning by the world, but God, by His mercy and grace, has placed me on a pathway to learn the complete Truth.
His thoughts and ways are not mine nor the world’s!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.