May 2, 2021
Reflections from the Heart of Allan Redenius
When I was in high school, the English teacher was a pretty strict, no nonsense, kind of teacher. You know the kind. One who strikes terror into your heart, but at the same time, is the one from whom you learn the most.
I think in the spring of my senior year, some of the boys, trying to be men, decided to chew tobacco. YUK! Back then, there were no screens on the school windows. So, the guys along the window row would spit out the chew through the open window. Of course, they could only do that when the teacher’s back was to them. Chew-spit, chew-spit. You get the idea. Well, everything was going well for these guys. UNTIL—the teacher came along and shut all the windows for the entire period. She knew what was happening. She must have had eyes in the back of her head.
Tobacco in their mouth, windows closed, by the end of the hour, the guys sitting on the window row were beginning to turn green. Never again were the windows open. Never again did those guys chew during her class. Yes, we all learned from her. Not only did we learn English, we also learned a life lesson. I’m just glad I wasn’t one of those turning green that day!
What’s the life lesson from this vignette? Be careful what you take in whether it be in your eating, reading, hearing, or watching. What you take in often becomes who you are.
Take in a drug and you’ll become an addict. Take in most carnal things and become a sinner. Take in the Bible and become a forgiven sinner!
Blessings and love in Christ,
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.