Two men in a truck, neither one very bright, were passing through a small town. They came to an overpass with a sign that read, “Clearance: 11’3.” They got out and measured their rig. It was 12’4″ tall. As they climbed back into the cab, one of them asked, “What do you think we should do?” The driver looked around, then shifted into gear saying, “Not a cop in sight. Let’s take a chance.”

Many people regard God as some kind of cosmic cop whose rules are designed to cramp our style and cheat us out of good times. So if they get a chance to beat the rap, they go for it. The opposite is really true. God is a loving heavenly Father whose rules are designed to protect us from harm and guide us toward the good life. If we violate God’s rules, we do so at our own peril. (Bill Bouknight, “Just a Thought,” 2/26/04)


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