Which List? Naughty or Nice?

Would you rather be impure, decadent, strife-filled, jealous, angry, burning with envy, drunk with excess and conceited… OR loving, generous, kind, patient peaceful, faithful, gentle, and full of self-control.

Even if there are some pleasures to be associated with decadence, excess, and drunkenness… they are short-lived and expensive. That’s why, when faced with this ‘Would you rather…” question, most of us would quickly and decisively choose to be loving, generous, etc.

The blog has been focused on ‘peace’ this week… and it will be the topic of this Sunday’s sermon at the Waretown UMC campus (27 Bryant Road, Waretown) at 9:00am (traditional service) and 11:00am (contemporary service). After a quick look at these two lists it should be quite clear that the first list is filled with a lot of rough and rocky stuff, sure to drag a person up and down and all around physically, emotionally, spiritually, and relationally, while the second list is filled with a lot of positive building blocks of a peaceful, healthful, and successful body, mind, spirit, and relationships. It’s not quite Santa’s naughty and nice lists…   but it is close.

Paul teaches this stuff in his letter to the Galatians (5:22-23):

the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control

Which ‘list’ are you on these days? Which list would you like to be on? With a pleasure-driven and short-sighted perspective on life… we might be tempted down the trail of decadence and excess, but we have all probably learned that lesson by now. The real triumph comes when we motivate ourselves towards living well in love and joy and peace.

It can be done!