Don’t Save Your Boogers
OK, so you’re probably not expecting any page on a site about, “How to Make a BoogerBall” to have anything to do with a personal faith. For me, however, the subject of this chapter is as real and important and fun as the original story (or any other on this site promises to be). Because I believe that the Bible is the source of all Truth, I believe in one God who created you and me in His image. That means that we, as human beings, are important to Him and He has instilled in us the desire to be creative. Why else are you here, reading this unique site? You want to know how to do something as creative and wacky as making a ball of boogers to gross out your friends and family. The creativity He has put inside me has driven me to write all of this down and share it with you. In the process of thinking all of this through, I’ve come to the understanding that my life has a real parallel to a ball of boogers.
In the Bible, it tells me that the most important thing for me to do with my life is to first love God with all that I am and second to love others as much as I love myself. Loving God means doing what He tells me in the Bible. Easy things like not committing murder or stealing from a store. Difficult things like forgiving people who have hurt me or not wishing I had my coworkers iThing. Each time I consciously choose to go against what God has told me in the Bible, I make a mistake that separates me from God. The Bible calls this a sin. Every sin I commit is like a gross, sticky booger. Thinking bad thoughts about someone, stealing time from my employer, thinking I’m so wise or so creative or so anything more than I really am – every one of these is a disgusting booger in the eyes of my Creator. As I collect these things by making poor choices, they become a booger ball that pushes God away from my life. Imagine how close your family or friends would want to be to you if you had a ball of real boogers hanging around your neck – yuk! So here’s the point of the chapter – Don’t Save Your Boogers! It is as practical and real as the original story but with more lasting results.
How do I do this? The best answer to this question is found in the Bible, God’s How-To book for life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that, “All Scripture (words from the Bible) is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Your life is shaped by the choices you make, like whether or not to save your boogers. The Bible tells us about a better life we can live if we will make some good choices.
First, we should realize and choose to believe that there is only one true God who created us and who loves us. Colossians 1:16 reminds us that, “For by Him all things were created: …by Him and for Him.”
Second, we should chose to admit that we are not perfect and choose to take the blame for the choices we’ve already made in the things we’ve already done. I know that I’ve made far too many balls of boogers in my life to even imagine calling myself perfect but I also know that I did this on my own. Isaiah 53:6 shares that, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity (sin) of us all.”
Next we should choose to accept God’s forgiveness given through the death of His son Jesus on a cross, and tell others about our choice. Romans 10:9 proclaims, “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Then, we should choose to live our life in a new way, having a friendship with God through prayer (talking to Him) and reading the Bible (listening to Him). Romans 6:13-14 implores us, “Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master,…” In other words, go and pick no more. Stop making balls of boogers. You are free from that way of life and you can, once and forever, get rid of any BoogerBalls you may have been saving.
Finally, we need to tell God about our choice to live for Him. Here is a simple prayer that you can say out loud: “Dear God, You are amazing and I believe in You. I’ve made some bad choices in my life and I’m truly sorry. Please forgive me. Please change my life. I choose today to live for You, not for myself, and to have a friendship with you. Please show me how to do that. Thank you. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.”
After making this choice, life does not get any easier. We can live in confidence, however, that we will no longer be separated from the God who created us, but there will always be the temptation to start another BoogerBall. Many of the poor choices I’ve made in my life came after I made the best choice, to live my life for Jesus Christ. We can be encouraged again by God’s How-To book where in 1 Corinthians 10:13 He promises, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
Will you choose to live a better life by choosing to live for Jesus Christ today? Will you choose to escape judgment for the past choices you have made, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)?
Living a better life with Jesus involves sharing your choice with other people. Find a church where only the Bible is taught as only the Bible has the true words of God in it. Meet with the leader of the church and tell them about the choice you have made. Ask that person to tell you more about Jesus and ask them about baptism, for it says in Mark 16:16 that, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Get yourself a Bible and read it often so you can know what God wants for your life.
I said earlier that the Bible makes it clear about my purpose in life. First, it is to love God by doing everything He asks and second, it is to love others in the same way that I love myself. The final practical suggestion I can offer is that to truly love others is to make every effort to point them to a relationship with the God that made us and loves us all. Thus, this page. Again, the point of the chapter – Don’t Save Your Boogers!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13