by Frank Pollard

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Exodus 20:17
Exodus 20:17 states: "You shall not covet your neighbor's
house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male
servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or
-anything that belongs to your neighbor."
I have a friend named Grady Nutt who is a regular now on
"Hee Haw." He tells of going to a small Christian college
several years ago. He said it was located five miles from any
known sin. "The school had three rules," said Grady, "you
won't smoke, you won't drink, and you won't want to." He
said, "I was dismissed for wanting to."
Well, wanting to is where it all begins. This commandment
recognizes'the titanic truth that for you all good and bad
begins in yo1ur h-ead. Your life will be a success or a failure
in direct proportion to that which you desire.
I heard a teacher once when I was in high school say you
become what you think about all day long. There is real truth
in that. Of course you don't want to make it crawl on all
fours. If I became what I thought about as a teenager, I
probably would have become a girl. But in Proverbs there is
a verse that says, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."
It's literally true, what you set the affections of your
heart and mind upon, what you desire, will have a great deal
to do with what you become.
What does "covet" mean? It means to desire earnestly.
Now it is an amoral word. "Coveting" can be either bad or
good. Paul tells the Corinthian Christians to covet the best
gifts. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: "Blessed are
they who hunger and thirst after righteousness."
Faith has never been a synonym for laziness. Remember the
commercials of a few years back in which one milk company
advertised that their milk "comes from contented cows?" A
contemporary company then retorted, "Our cows are never
contented. They keep trying to do better."

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