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Easy Squeezy

October 3, 2011
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In an effort to help people through the hard economic times, one local TV station offered daily consumer tips. One of the tips I saw was to use a smaller amount of toothpaste when you brush your teeth. The inference was that most of us load our toothbrushes with toothpaste when it only takes a dab to do the job effectively. The conclusion is that if you use less toothpaste, you will need to buy a new tube less often and save all that money.

I do not doubt that using less toothpaste will ultimately save money. In fact, this is just the kind of penny pinching I enjoy that drives my family crazy. However, I seriously doubt that if you are in danger of being unable to pay your mortgage, you will ever be able to reduce your toothpaste consumption to a level that will help cover the bill. Even if you compound this clever insight with a dozen similar techniques, you will still find yourself on the street in short order.

Many of us approach our faith similarly. We want to know some little things we can do and have our lives changed in a dramatic way. Think with me for a minute. Jesus did not come to tweak our character; he came to transform it. If we only needed to be tweaked, he would have led a seminar, not died to be our Savior.

 We can look for a multitude of miniscule ways to change our character, but until we give our lives to Jesus for an extreme makeover, we’ll be throwing spare change at the national debt and wondering why it is costing us so much and making so little difference. Jesus does not ask for an hour on Sunday, a dollar a week, or a prayer a day. He asks for our lives. Anything less will leave us spiritually bankrupt – tweaked, but not transformed.

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