A couple of days ago, I met up with some friends in San Antonio TX. While having lunch, Timothy (shown in the picture with me) crawled under the table and sat beside me. As we have done many times before, Timothy and I started joking around. Then, with a sparkle in his eyes, he told me: “Uncle Lloyd, I know what you’re allergic to.”

“Really?” I asked, “What?”

“You are allergic to underwear!”

That was hilarious! I couldn’t stop laughing although when his mother heard this, she almost died of embarrassment. How in the world can a 4-year old think of such witty quip? Can you imagine going through life without underwear? Really funny, right? But is it even possible to develop such an allergy?

This got me into thinking. Do we ever develop an allergy to the essentials of life?  Let me name one: God. He is the author and sustainer of life. We need him in our lives. In fact, if not for his love and grace, we would not be in this world. However, a lot of people develop an aversion to God and to the things of God. They don’t want to have anything to do with him, as if they’re allergic to him. “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused” (Romans 1:21 NLT).

This allergy to God is no laughing matter. It holds dire consequences in this life and in the life to come. So, please do not ignore or reject him. Instead, love him. Give him thanks. Serve him. Let that be your purpose in life.

Are your intentions clear?


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