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Mr. Potato Head

July 7th, 2009 Posted in encouragement, Pastor's corner, stella

Mr. Potato Head from when I was a kid.

Mr. Potato Head from when I was a kid.

My granddaughter Stella has a Mr. Potato Head toy. I hope I spelled “potatoe” right–remember Dan Quayle!

If you have not seen one, it is a plastic replica of the vegetable with little pieces like eyes, glasses, hats, shoes, hands, etc., that you can insert into the little holes already set in the plastic potato. There is even a Mrs. Potato Head now too.

Now, when I was a kid, we used to use actual potatoes! That’s right, real spuds that we would decorate with the little hats, eyes, etc.

Needless to say, after a while you would need a new potato, as the old one was  starting to smell a bit.

It’s more fun to be random

To have even more fun, don’t put the little accessories where they are supposed to go. In other words, put the arm where the hat should go, the eyes where the arm goes, you get the idea.

Then your little creation looks more customized, instead of the generic version that everyone else has

Spiritual Mr. Potato Head

Some people treat their faith this way. Not content to follow what the Bible teaches, they want to change things up a bit.

This is usually due to being uncomfortable with certain biblical teachings that are at conflict with what the person wants to do.

So they play “spiritual Mr. Potato Head” and put things in the wrong places as it pleases them.

But true Christianity does not work this way. God has everything in its proper place.

There is no randomness with God. No mood swings. If He says something is right, it is. In the same way, if He says something is wrong, it is.

Jesus’ friends do everything He tells them

Jesus said, “You are My friends if you do what I command” (John 15:14). In other words, it is not for us to pick and choose the commandments of God that personally appeal to us and cast the other ones aside. Those parameters, those absolutes are there for our own good.

If God says to to do it, it is for our good. If He says to not do it, that also is for our good.

The Bible says, “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11). So I suggest you live the Christian life the way God intended it, not your own customized version. Ultimately, you will be very pleased with the results.

Something to think about.

2 Responses to “Mr. Potato Head”

  1. Laurie says:

    Thanks Pastor Greg for your always down to earth style of presenting the Gospel to make it so plan and understandable. I was having a similar conversation last week with my 19 year old about how we have to beware of the “I want this to fit my lifestyle” doctrines that are more prevalent. We cannot cut and choose what parts of the Bible we want to apply just like the Mr. Potatoe head characters (by the way I had several growing up) I so enjoy your daily writings and they are helping this baby boomer to learn and grow more in the Lord. Be blessed and keep on keepin on!

  2. Anne Maltes says:

    I’ve been running into more people claiming the “real” Christians are only supposed to love others but refuse to do the other commandments and walk uprightly. Just like Mr. Potato Head, people have even changed the definition of REAL LOVE is.

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