We've all done stupid things. Some stupider than others. (Apparently, stupider is a word!)
We all know that there levels of stupid.
- There is that thing you did because you were not paying attention. Once in Bible College, I was walking to the chapel and didn't see the 4x4 steel post in the middle of the sidewalk. That was stupid.
- There is the level of stupid that comes from being misinformed. Like the time I ate a whole habanero pepper. Lesson learned, ask what kind of pepper you are eating before you pop the whole thing in your mouth. That hurt.
- Then there is the level of stupid that comes from being selfish. This you can do something about. Early in my marriage, I was selfish. I wasn't trying to be selfish, I didn't want to be selfish - but I was selfish. My selfishness almost got me in divorce court. It was when I realized that this wasn't about, "me" but it was about, "us". That when things began to turn around. But you still don't get it.
"Us" wasn't Betty and myself. It was Betty, myself and God. So here is my formula that helps me stop doing stupid stuff.
Moses is speaking to the nation of Israel and teaches them how to behave.
#1 - There is only one God.
#2 - You are not God. (It's implied)
#3 - If you spend your time worshipping the One True God you will not have a chance to do stupid stuff.
When you give anything that belongs to God to someone or something else, like yourself, it is idolatry. Your time, your resources, your talents, your life all belong to Him. Idolatry is stupid. It separates you from God and from His blessings. That's stupid. Then your life will reap the results of your stupidity.
Admit that there is only one God and that you are not Him. Then use your life to honor Him in everything that you say and do. Or in other words, do not give yourself room to be selfish.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, I want to worship You instead of being stupid today. AMEN