7-31-15 It's Only Right

“Listen here, Junior Senior. It’s only right that we celebrate Junior’s return. For all we knew he was dead. He was missing, and now he’s back!” father said with astonishment lacing his words together.

I am upset that Cecil, a rare and beautiful lion was baited and killed for his hide, but it seems to me the uproar is inappropriate. Shouldn’t there be more of a brouhaha when an unborn baby is killed? It’s wrong to leave a pet unattended in a hot car, but shouldn’t there be more in the news about abused children? How does someone that decides to dress like a woman become a hero and someone who risks his/her life to save a life not even get mentioned? Why do people get upset over a sinner that got saved when there is rejoicing in heaven? I could go on...

Life is full of inappropriate behavior. Sometimes I react inappropriately to things in my life. Sometimes I get jealous instead of rejoicing with someone else. At times like these, I need the words of God to readjust my attitude.

“It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.” Luke 15:32.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff


7-29-15 Must Be Nice

Do you ever find yourself saying stuff to yourself like, "Why do the newly saved get all the attention? No one appreciates me… Must be nice?”

I remember someone giving my pastor a hard time about something for which they were jealous.  They said, “Well, it must be nice.”

“When God blesses, it is nice,” he replied matter-of-factly.

In this passage, the elder son had unloaded on his father that his worthless little brother was getting all the attention and that wasn’t fair in his mind. If anything can be taken wrong, it will.  So, the father attempted to explain and convince his elder son to come to the “Welcome Home” party. He reminded Junior Senior that he was already blessed. He had access to everything. He had a nice place to live, great food, clothing supplied and transportation when he needed it. His father took care of his medical expenses, too.  He blessed his son abundantly, but his son basically said, “It must be nice…” when he saw his brother blessed.

Isn’t being human amazing? How does God put up with us? We want the blessings of God, then get jealous when God blesses someone else when we should be rejoicing with them.
“And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” Luke 15:31.

 © copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

7-27-15 God Should Treat Me Better

“Man, here he comes. He’s gonna want to know why I am not there.  I’m just mad enough to give him a piece of my mind! God knows I have been rehearsing it enough.”

“What’s the problem, Son?”

“What’s the problem? What’s the problem? Good night! I have never caused you any grieve and was always obedient, but did you throw a party for me? Even a little one with just a scrawny goat? Nope! Not once! But as soon as that worthless brother of mine comes home you give him the best robe and kill the fatted calf – the one for super special occasions! What’s the problem, he says!” The older son yells as he glares into his father’s eyes. He felt his father should treat him better.

It seems amazing that sometimes I can get upset with the way God does things. He loves me and wants the best for me. He loves other people and wants the best for them. How He deals with them is His business. He knows exactly how to accomplish His will in their lives. When someone repents, I should rejoice with the angels in heaven, not throw a pity party because I feel God should treat me better.

“And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.” Luke 15:29-30.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff


7-23-15 Wasted a Good Mad!

 “Junior came home and Dad throws a party? Seriously?” The big brother said red-faced when he heard the news. “Dad is unbelievable!” He stomped off back into the field murmuring. He put his all anger into his work.

Years ago I replaced a windshield in a car and crumpled up the old one and put it in the trashcan for the garbage man.  When he came, he kicked the garbage can over and left.  “Isn’t that where and how I am supposed to put the refuse?” I asked when I called up the company. They agreed and had “Mr. Surly” come and get it anyway. He wasted a good “mad” on something he should not have gotten angry over.

Junior wasted a good mad, when he could have been enjoying himself with his family. He sulked, grumped, possibly kicked some dirt around and fussed about his father. He allowed jealousy to enter into his heart.
Oh how easily jealousy can enter into our hearts. The trick is to recognize it BEFORE it becomes a problem. Sometimes the anger comes out against some innocent person. Perhaps the garbage man was angry about something else entirely. Maybe a co-worker was promoted to the position he wanted. In this case he would have been angry with his boss.

What would push your jealousy button?

 “Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in:” Luke 15:25-28a.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff