Friday, October 10, 2008
Sometimes I wonder whatever happened to Madame Cleo. Does anyone remember Madame Cleo. She used to be on TV offering to tell your future in a Jamaican accent with a deck of Tarot Cards. Then a funny thing happened; everyone found out that Madame Cleo wasn't even real, she was some actress in New Jersey named Judy or something and she definitely was not from Jamaica. She was from the Bronx. I just wonder though how many people were receptive to what Madame Cleo told them on the phone. How many naive young women dumped their boyfriends? How many men went out and bought lottery tickets after they were told financial security was on its way? How many paying people were, how else do I say it, obedient. You see I have been thinking a lot about what it is we listen to when we make decisions. Do we listen to our hearts? Wise council? How about an actress with a Jamaican accent? As a follower of Christ I would like to say that I always listen to my heavenly father, but the simple fact of the matter is I don't. I know that there have been too many times when I know what God is telling me to do in a certain area, I just don't like WHAT He's telling me. So what do I do? What all good Christians do-I pray or ask other people what to do until I get the answer I like. I might as well be calling Madame Cleo. I have to confess that I have not been obedient in the recent past. I have felt the Lord putting a burden on my heart to read the scripture and share my understanding through writing. I however have avoided it, not out of fear, but out of a lack of obedience. I know that the Lord has made me promises, and I know that non-believers look at what I do and wonder why. I just want to let people know that I am going to be obedient, and I encourage you to do the same. Not because God will bless you with financial prosperity or a new boyfriend, but because obedience to the Lord will garnish you a much better return than a phone call to Madame Cleo.