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My mom would sometimes buy generic foods because they were cheaper, and to be honest, some were good. HOWEVER, some, well, not so good. One time in particular I remember my brother and I liked Captain Crunch (yeah, I know, cuts up your mouth, but it was tasty) but it was more expensive than some of the other, well, knock off brands. So, she would try other “versions” store brands, etc and those….well, those just AINT THE SAME!

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Yeah, aint it funny how substitutes are not the real thing. A lot of times people will buy or accept substitutes because of money or possibly convenience, knowing full well that isn’t what they wanted. They settle for less, for something to take the place of what they really wanted. Shoot, sometimes they even try to convince themselves that the substitute is as good or better, but deep inside, they know differently. Substituting one thing for another usually results in some disappointment, you expect Captain Crunch but you get Leiuten’t Crunch and, it aint the same.¬†Consciously or not, one is always comparing the original to the generic, the substitution and it is just not the genuine thing. I have an implant for hearing, one ear just quit working, period, after months of several different treatments, still NOTHING, well, just loud ringing. Finally, insurance approved the implant and it was completed. I have had it for several months now and its better than the ringing, better than nothing, but no matter what, it is a replacement, a substitute. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad to have it, so much better than what I was dealing with before it was placed but I compare how things sound in good ear and the implant and it is not the same. No matter what, original is better.

Even in the Old Testament the Israelites tried substitutes, the idols and false gods, and guess what, the idols did not do anything for them. They were not GOD. People accept substitutes for a variety of reasons, but are extremely rarely actually satisfied. When it came to the idol worship, those that did so had nothing but disappointment and heartache. Emptiness, from an inanimate object that could and would do nothing and punishment from God for their sins.

 

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3

 

So, remember, sometime, get the real deal. No substitutes for God. Don’t accept less than the real thing. We all deserve the real stuff, not a stand in or substitute.

And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty. Isaiah 3:24

Fake instead of real, replacement instead of the genuine thing. Never accept less than the real item. Never accept less than the real God.

Lord, I thank You for the thoughts and words You give me. The understanding I obtain. I pray You help me hold fast and not accept some substitute for what You have planned for me, not accept less than the genuine blessing You have in store for me. That I continue to work towards, with Your guidance, what You wish in my life. I pray that my loved ones be challenged by You to demand the real things in their lives as well and that You show them the life You have planned for them. I pray that You continue to help me become a better person, better Christian and a better example of Your impact on a man.

In Jesus Holy Name,

Amen

I appreciate the folks that read this and the people that are following my blog. I hope it blesses someone else as much as it does me to write it.

 

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