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Religion

Childhood Stories

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 12, 2014

RELIGION Ė Old childhood stories are interesting. I enjoy reading the old Curious George books where the people smoke and George passes out from drinking Ether. They just donít write them like that anymore! Old fairy tales are even wilder. One in particular came to my mind last week. It is a story about a prince who wants to marry a princess but is having difficulty finding a suitable wife. He is finicky and picky and he spends a lot of time with his mother. There is always something wrong with all the girls he meets, he feels he cannot be certain they are real princesses. Big problem right?

Well, one stormy night a young woman drenched with rain seeks shelter in the prince's castle. Here is another gal claiming to be a princess. So the prince's over involved mother decides to test their unexpected unwitting guest by placing a pea in the bed she is offered for the night, covered by 20 mattresses and 20 feather-beds.  A perfectly normal idea!

In the morning the guest tells her hosts that she endured a sleepless night, kept awake by something hard in the bed; which she is certain has bruised her. Now, right here I would be putting the young lady out! But instead the prince rejoices.  In his mind, only a real princess would have the sensitivity to feel a pea through all that bedding. So the two are married, and the pea is placed in the Royal Museum! And so this story is named the Princess and the Pea.
 
We should learn much from this story! Obviously, the prince is an idiot! I mean you marry a girl that canít sleep due to a small pea in her bed! This high maintenance gal will never be pleased! She will kill you trying to keep her happy! That is in the Bible somewhere, Iíll find it later just trust me!

Secondly, girls, if you are this whinny, you will not marry a prince, but a sissy. And chances are, you will neither live happily ever after! But the point I wanted to me make is that the girl was sensitive. Every little thing was right, but one little pea upset her so that she could not sleep!

You know we are a princess and a pea world. We are a people who get upset and angry over every little thing! Something happens we donít like and we take to complaining and running people down. How does this work out for us? I mean being mad and having our feelings hurt all the time just poisons our enjoyment of the life and blessings God gives us!  We are a hyper-sensitive people. I donít care if your liberal or conservative, Christian or not, we just let every little slight become a great cause for offense.

So, chill out! This is Biblical! Relax and forgive quickly!  Study these verses from proverbs.
Pro 14:29-30 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.  (30)  A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.
Pro 15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
Pro 14:29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
"A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control." Pro 29:11
"Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared." Pro 22:24

So be thankful for your life! Enjoy your town and community! Have fun at your church. Tell your teachers and principals thank you! Even lay off politicians! All this anger is hurting you. James 1:19-20 ďKnow this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;  (20)  for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God requires.Ē You throwing a fit ainít gonna be what God uses for good. It just hurts you and others!

Feel free to check out the Proverbs Sermon Series at antiochofedgefield.com

Pastor Phillip






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