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Guaranteed!

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True or false? “You can have anything you want, if you want it bad enough.”

What do you think? Is that a true statement?

A lot of people seem to believe it. “You need to have passion”, is what they’ll say.

Let’s see; will that work with finances? “If I want finances bad enough, is there some sort of guarantee I’ll have a boat load of money?” Not really. It is true, though, that the desire could get you up earlier in the morning, and out on the streets looking for employment. But no; no guarantee.

How about a rock and roll star? “If I want it bad enough, you know, passionately, will I be not only a contestant on American Idol but a winner?” Guaranteed? Uh, don’t hold your breath. Sure, passion can help you discipline your life to practice, practice, practice. You could possibly be one of the best musicians in the land. But, again, no; there are no guarantees.

“Well! What good is passion if it won’t guarantee the things I want?”

I’ll give it to you straight. There’s only one thing in life, that I know of, that passion and desire can guarantee results. Only one! It may not be what you want, but I guarantee it’s what you need.

Actually, it’s who you need.

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV)

“With ALL your heart” signifies passion and desire. It means not allowing anything to stand in your way, or, knock you out of the way of your pursuit. That which you’re pursuing becomes more important than life itself. No circumstance, no bad experience, no excuse or philosophy will discourage your heart. You are on a mission! Your success is guaranteed by Almighty God!

If you’ll pursue God as a starving person pursues their next meal; you will find the Bread of Life.

When you seek after God like a drowning person reaching out to catch the life ring; you’ll be saved.

When, with God’s word in hand, you follow the clues like a pirate following a treasure map; God’s riches will be uncovered for you.

“Ask, seek, knock; and you will find”, is what Jesus said.

“How can I be sure I’m seeking with my whole heart”, you ask?

If you cannot, will not be denied; then you are giving it all. If you will not tolerate ANY reason or excuse for not knowing God the way he wants you to know him; you will definitely get your desire!

If hell can’t stop you, if your friends can’t embarrass you, if your parents can’t intimidate you, if your spouse can’t threaten you, you will finally know the Desire of all nations.

If time can’t wear you down, if church can’t discourage you, if your job can’t stress you, if your kids can’t mock you, then expect to enjoy the presence of the Holy One.

And if you are willing to be thought a fool, an ignorant old fashioned fool, then get ready. You’re in for the time of your life, and the life to come.

Guaranteed!

I Love Bacon

bacon

Let it be known throughout the world, “I LOVE BACON”, and have for all my life.

Barely cooked, almost black, and anything in between.

Bacon!

Thick slab, thin sliced, hickory or apple smoked; whatever.

I love bacon!

On a sandwich, in an omelet, cooked with beans, or just plain, by the handful.

Bacon.

Quite a few years ago, while visiting my wife’s family in West Virginia, I actually had a time when I had my fill of bacon. It happened like this:

Everyone in the house was sick with the flu, except yours truly. Me. No one else wanted to eat. I was the only one hungry.

So, while everyone was in bed, trying to get rid of their sickness, I was on the prowl for food! Rummaging through the cupboards, I didn’t find anything that made my mouth water. So I decided to investigate the refrigerator.

Wow!

I couldn’t believe my hungry eyes! Right in front of me lay a package of VERY thick sliced bacon! My favorite food, bacon!

And it was all mine.

I found a skillet, lit the gas burner, and commenced with loading up the frying pan. What a deal! What a treat!

I fried it to perfection, placed the cooked slices on a plate, and sat down at the table to begin savoring my meal of meals.

I can still remember holding a piece in my hand, eyeing it like a jeweler would examine a fine diamond.

Satisfied with its appearance, there was only one thing left to do. So with eyes barely open, bacon held carefully between thumb and finger, I took my first bite.

OH MY!

Salt! Nothing but salt! I quickly tossed it back onto my plate and ran upstairs to find my sick mother-in-law.

Telling her what I had found, fried, and attempted to eat, she began laughing.

A lot.

“That’s salt pork”, she laughed. “I use it as seasoning when I cook beans.” She was still laughing as I left the room.

Still hungry.

“A person who is full refuses honey, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry.” (Proverbs 27:7 NLT)

If I hadn’t been so hungry, or so excited about having the kitchen to myself, I would have realized my “treasure” wasn’t really what I thought it was, and I would have made different choices regarding my meal.

Same thing is true for all of us. Life is loaded with opportunities to satisfy our hunger, our desire. We really need to evaluate our cravings, and not let the “lusts” for our brand of bacon deceive us.

What may look like a real treat, could in reality be a trap.

I still love bacon! But before I fry a platter full of bad, costly decisions, I’m gonna check things out more closely.

I’m not going to allow my “hunger” to control my life.

How about you?

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