Please Keep Upright

I have a bulk, plastic container of dish soap with a sticker boldly requesting, “Please keep upright.”  It is plainly said, implying dire consequences if the large bottle is not kept upright, which would be soap leaking over the counter, the sink and floor.  The soap company sweetly warn us against the dire consequences.  They don’t need to come and demonstrate the dire consequences to each customer.  Anyone with elementary reading skills would be foolish or thoughtless not to obey the instructions!

The soap container warning has a spiritual slant.  God is upright, just, sinless, faithful and perfect (Deuteronomy 32:4).  David was upright and warned Solomon to be upright, too (1 Kings 3:6; 9:4).  Job was upright, blameless of evil doing and feared God (Job 1:1, 8).  Since God invented uprightness, He can instruct people about it (Psalms 25:8).  His instructions are in the Bible with plenty of examples (Psalms 25:8).  God doesn’t leave the dire consequences to our imagination.  He explains that if we tip over and spill our souls out over the earth, there won’t be anything left of us to get to heaven.  He, like the soap company, doesn’t have to come to each of us and demonstrate the consequences.  It’s in the Bible.  People who don’t keep upright are called perverted, evil, walkers in darkness, perverse, crooked and devious (Proverbs 2:6-15).  God created humans upright, but we like to find ways to tip over (Ecclesiastes 7:29).

Wise people seek to practice walking upright, but “unwise” people (foolish, thoughtless) stumble over or ignore the instructions.  Paul made a list of the uprightness qualities and immediately spelled out the tipped-over qualities (Titus 1:5-16).  God’s scepter is called “Uprightness” and He rules His kingdom with it, and He expects anyone who wants to live in heaven to keep upright, too (Hebrews 1:8).  Tipped over souls are not capable of dripping through the pearly gates.  Please keep upright.


Life’s Variables

When I was in 9th grade, I survived Algebra with a D- (not what I wanted, but I could not for the life of me understand all the gibberish); until now…

x divided by w plus n minus t equals h

After forty years of disgusted bewilderment

I now understand that

algebra’s letters are the unknowns, variables, changeables, flexibles

The unknown is a letter until it is known

and even then it can change!

Will I get that job? Call it –j or +j

What will I be doing next year? Call it –n or +n

Is there a heaven and a hell? Call them a and b

This life is about preparing for the unknown variables in our future’s equations

Difficulty comes in thinking that nothing can change

or that the unknown doesn’t matter