The Contrast
by Fleta R. Robinson

I delight in the Christ-centered radio programming available here in Mid-America.

This morning soul-searching, God honoring, uplifting, beautiful music filled our kitchen as I worked. God’s Presence was near and dear.

The phone rang. In the process of the call I was put on hold with "music" (to keep me happy while waiting, I assume.)

Wow!

It was one of those teaching/learning moments. Into my phone ear came a strong repetitive, boring beat accompanying a lifeless song — nothing coarse or vulgar, just a zero compared to the rich melody, message and harmony from my kitchen radio.

(Why settle for a spoon of dry flour when you could have a luscious, moist cookie?)

In one ear — short changed; in the other ear — inspiration and JOY! We take so many good things for granted until we see (or hear) in stark contrast what life would be without Jesus. Why put up with only one dimension of music (the beat) when the full orchestra awaits?!

Soon a live voice came on the phone again and we completed the call; however, it will be days and days before I put this little incident on a back shelf of my mind.

Galatians 5:19-23, with its intense comparisons, came to mind:

"The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, hatred, dissensions, impurity, discord, factions, debauchery, jealousy, envy, idolatry, fits of rage, drunkenness, witchcraft, selfish ambition, orgies, and the like." (What a raunchy list.)

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." Marvelous!

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy__ think about such things." Phil 4:8 (NIV)


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