Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
A well-known preacher once brought a small basket of potatoes into the pulpit. One-by-one, he gave each potato a name as he removed it from the basket. Then he used the name to illustrate a certain character trait. For example, he named one potato an “imi-tator,” another a “dic-tator,” and another an “agi-tator.” When he had finished naming the potatoes in this manner, he said to the people, “Now I want all of you to be ‘sweet-‘tators.'” Later, as the congregation filed out of the Church, one parishioner shook the preacher’s hand and said, “I know you want me to be a sweet-‘tator, but I yam what I yam.”
How true! We are what we are! And what we are does not necessarily coincide with what others think we are or what others would like us to be. Even if we come across to others as a sweet-‘tator, “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” as that famous song title suggests. The way we may be structuring…
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