Seeking His Presence by Teresa A. LeNeave;People are like Potatoes
Teresa A. LeNeave
People are like Potatoes
Some people never seem motivated to participate,
but are content to watch others do.
They are called “Speck Tators”.
Some people never do anything to help,
but are gifted at finding fault with the way others do things.
They are called, “Comment Tators”.
Some are always looking to cause problems
and really get under your skin.
They are called, “Aggie Tators”.
There are those who are always saying they will,
but somehow, they never get around to doing.
We call them, “Hezzie Tators”.
Some people put on a front and act like someone else.
They’re called, “Emma Tators”.
Then, there are those who walk what they talk.
They are always prepared to stop what they’re doing
to lend a hand to others and bring real sunshine into the lives of others.
You call them, “Sweet Tators”.
Let’s break that down and see if we fall into any of those categories.
Speck Tators: Do you get involved in your church’s worship service or their activities or do you watch from the sidelines? Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” These men became some of the most read about men in history. They were Jesus’ disciples. They changed the world. Speck Tators never change anything so I guess we really don’t want that to be what we’re known for.
Comment Tators: Jesus made it clear that a tree is known by its fruit. He said, “Judge not, and you’ll not be judged. Condemn not, and you’ll not be condemned.” He told one group of religious leaders, “He that is without sin, cast the first stone”… and they all walked away.
Aggie Tators: This is not one we’d want to be! “Be ye kind,” the Bible says, “one to another. Tenderhearted. Forgiving one another even as God for Christ sake has forgiven you.” Another place Paul said, “Endeavor (really try) to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”. Being an Aggie Tator is not likely going to please God.
Hezzie Tators: These people hurt, mostly, themselves. They put everything off as long as possible and sometimes they put it off until it’s too late. “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;’ … you don’t know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away”. Don’t Hezzie Tate too long. Do what you can, while you can.
Emma Tators: In one case it pays to imitate. Paul said, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” Too many people try to follow their peers or a sports figure or movie star, but that kind of following will never make us better people. Being a Christ Follower will make all the difference in our lives.
Sweet Tators: Ben Carson, who may well be a contender for President of the United States, grew up an angry young man. But, in his own biography, he wrote that a verse in Proverbs changed his entire life. It says, “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.” Ben Carson went from being an angry young man who lived in abstract poverty to become the most famous Neurosurgeon in the world.
Our attitude and our words are so important. Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words (sweet words) are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”
So, of all the “tators”, which do you choose to be? One additional thing I noticed about potatoes. If left unattended for a long period of time, a potato will begin to sprout roots and eventually will become totally rotten. Sitting around alone is not a good thing for a potato or a person. Join a church where you’ll be fed spiritually and make good friends.
Matthew 4:19; Luke 6:37; Luke 6:43; Eph. 4:32; Eph. 4:3; James 4:13-14; I Cor. 11:11; Prov. 16:32.