“Dude, it was never alive!”

The other night three of the kids and I were heading out on a quick errand when Brynden jokingly commented, “Hey, I think the flamingo is dead.”

He was referring to a plastic pink flamingo that a couple of friends placed in our yard last year to announce Summer Break. Joking with him I said, “Dude, it was never alive!”

Then Josh chimed in with, “Plastic stuff isn’t life!”

And for some reason, don’t ask me why, my mind wandered to images of real pink flamingos dropping by to flirt with and romance our stiff-legged lawn decoration. How ridiculous would that be?!

For one thing, while I’m no fowl expert, I’m pretty sure that pink flamingos are not indigenous to central Indiana. And another thing is that real flamingos would be smarter than to be attracted to plastic replicas that stand frozen in place!

Then why am I so drawn to the plastic things of this life? Why am I so enamored with stuff that will all one day burn to ash? Why do I give so much of my time pursuing the temporary?

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. ~ 1 John 2:15-17 (NLT)

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2 responses to ““Dude, it was never alive!”

  1. Leslie

    You have a unique gift from God of always seeing Him in all situations.

    • Thanks Leslie. To be honest, I don’t always see Him in every situation – even though I know He’s there – I just happen to write about the ones I do. 🙂

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