by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

"Living Under the Influence of--The American Dream"
I Kings 21

Sunday, 3/26/95, 9:30 a.m. Service

Steve Farrar had just come in after fixing up his yard. It had been a
hot day, ninety degrees, humidity about the same and he had
worked hard. He had that front yard and that back yard looking like
a million dollars. So he sat there, with a big old glass of iced tea
and said, " I'm going to enjoy this great American dream." The
house had recently been painted, everything looked just great.
Sitting there on his shaded deck he was just as content as anyone
could be.

Idly he picked up a magazine on the table there. It had a picture of
a house with a new deck on it and he thought to himself, "My deck
doesn't look as good as that one does." He noted that the house
was located in Des Moines and a couple there had re-decorated it.
They had also redone the kitchen and he thought, "Hey, wait a
minute. I've got formica on the top of my cabinet counters and this
couple has put ceramic tops on theirs. Maybe that's what we need,
that ceramic instead of formica. And, this old wood we have in our
kitchen; it's not worth anything. These cabinets we have are awful
looking, theirs have one of those push-button deals that rotate the
shelves. Ours are just awful and awful looking. We've got stuff up
on those cabinet shelves that has probably been up there three or
four years. Nobody knows what's up there on those shelves of
ours. Why, if we had a push button, we'd know what we had up
there. Our kitchen is kind of stinky looking, come to think of it. I'll
bet our troops overseas have a better mess hall than this mess.
This is just plain awful. He looked at the magazine again; it was
called "Homes and Gardens." No, make that, "Better Homes and
Gardens." Suddenly he thought, "I was doing OK until ...

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