185. Pursuing Purity

As I sat down at the table, Stan said, “Did you see the breakfast special on the whiteboard?”

“No,” I responded.  “Didn’t notice it.”

“My very favorite,” he said rather excitedly.  “Blueberry pancakes!”

“And these guys really know how to make them,” he continued.

“The blueberries are in the batter, not just sprinkled on top of the pancakes.”

Continuing, Stan said, “I already told Mickey that is what I’m having.”

Stan then picked up the bottle of syrup that was on the table, looked at it, and said, “That is exactly what I want to be!”

“What are you talking about Stan?”

“It is Vermont maple syrup and it says it is ‘one hundred percent pure.’  That’s what I want to be, one hundred percent pure.”

“Think it will happen?” I asked.

“Not on this side of eternity,” Stan responded, “but that is no reason not to make it my goal while I am still here.”

“You, know,” I said, “I sometimes think about that too, but I fail so often I tend to think what’s the use in trying.”

“When I think like that,” Stan countered, “I am headed in the wrong direction and I’m delighting Satan.”

Continuing, he said, “I know all about feeling like a spiritual failure.  It has happened more times that I care to admit, but with every failure if I confess it and ask God for His help, He picks me up, dusts me off, bandages my wounds, and sets me back on His path towards what He has for me to be and to do.”

“He wants me to have pure thoughts, pure motives, and pure actions.  And He will do all that is necessary if I will just ask Him and then follow through by getting myself out of His way.”

“Perfect purity is not attainable in our fallen world, but every step in that direction pleases God.”

Just then Mickey brought Stan’s blueberry pancakes.  Stan poured on some of the maple syrup and said, “Pure delight!  Let’s thank the Lord and get down to business!”


How can a young man keep his way pure?  By keeping it according to God’s word.  Psalm 119:9.

Prayer:  Lord, you know how difficult it is for me to keep my way pure.  You know my heart and my desire to be pure in all of my thoughts, words, and actions.  And you know how often I fail.  Please forgive those failures.  I give you all of my failings and shortcomings and ask you to move in and through me in exact accord with your will.  Please, Lord, make me as pure as you want.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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