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One Step Below The Angels (1 of 8)
Series: Purpose Driven Life
OPEN: I read the true story about a 6-year-old who called his mother from his friend Charlie's house. Apparently, he and his friend had been playing in the living room and tossing around a football... when they broke a lamp.
His mother was understandably distraught, and he attempted to comfort her with these words: "But, Mom, you don't have to worry about buying another one. Charlie's mother said it was irreplaceable."
APPLY: Irreplaceable... Well, we all know what that meant. It was highly valuable piece of furniture. Perhaps it was because it was a family heirloom, or perhaps because it was an antique worth thousands of dollars. But whatever the reason for its value... it was irreplaceable, priceless.
But to the mind of that little boy the term "irreplaceable" meant that it didn't have to be replaced. It had no value beyond its being just a lamp. As long as it functioned, it had value... otherwise, no.
ILLUS: Before I went to Bible College, I spent a couple of years going to Purdue University. My brother had said it would be a valuable experience and dad was willing to pay - so I went. While I was there, I received a very special education.
Initially, I thought Psychology would be interesting. I liked my first class and found it interesting. The teacher was a very compassionate woman who made the course interesting. But about half way thru the course I was shocked by the way in which psychology apparently viewed mankind. The textbook likened men and women to machines. The author seemed to believe that if you pushed the right buttons and pulled the right switches, you could get people to do just about anything you wanted. The purpose of psychology (according to this textbook) was to find those buttons and switches so that mankind could be programmed to be better people.
That troubled me, so I switched to Sociology (because I thought that maybe they'd hav ...
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