Monday, December 8, 2008

Help! I need more lipstick!!

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I suddenly have a much deeper understanding of Sarah Palin's quip declaring that the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is the lipstick!

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I won't risk boring you with the details, and I certainly don't want to embarrass my son; however, suffice it to say that something has happened on the basketball court of life that has brought out the pit bull in me. It is amazing what happens to a gentle mother when she feels one of her sons or daughters are being handed a raw deal.

I mean, I'm a nice, mature Christian lady, who is pretty even-keeled and rarely gets offended. I didn't even know I had a Pit Bull lurking inside of me, until it reared its ugly head. My pit bull lunged and strained on its chain and bared its teeth and growled a low, menacing growl . . . and I was forced to acknowledge that my own heart, apart from the grace of God, is desperately wicked and capable of every evil, angry, hateful thought.

We like to think of ourselves as "good" and it sure can take us by surprise to see what thoughts are lurking in the darkest recesses of our hearts! I was reminded of the verses in Matthew that teach that it is not what enters into a man that defiles him, "but those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man." -- Matthew 15:18-20a.

I guess that is why we are instructed to "Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life." -- Proverbs 4:23.
My prayer for myself is Psalm 51:10 -- "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."

And now I'm going to go put on some more lipstick!!! ;)

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