Just telling enough of the truth to get by was one of those not so outstanding characteristics of childhood that most of us mastered pretty well. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
“Don’t fudge now.” I can still remember my mom telling me to be sure that I tell the whole truth, hold nothing back and not add anything to what I was saying. Fudging was something that kids have a real knack for. Just telling enough of the truth to get by was one of those not so outstanding characteristics of childhood that most of us mastered pretty well.
“Fudge” is a slang term. While no one really knows for sure where it originated, the story goes that the term “fudging” first was used in reference to an old sea captain by the name of Fudge. It seems that he had quite a knack for stretching the truth to fit the story. He became notorious for telling all kinds of lies, tall tales and exaggerations about his improbable adventures at sea. It was said of this Captain Fudge that he “always brought home his owners a good cargo of lies.”
While fudging seems a harmless enough talent that most of us grow out of, it does have a tendency to transfer into adult- hood although under a different guise. As children our “fudging” seems rather innocuous, almost harmless. We are usual- ly caught in our exaggerations because we have so little skill in making them believable. Nonetheless, as adults “fudging” takes on a far more sinister appeal.
A man named Russell Edward Herman left trillions of dollars to thousands of people he’d never met. What was the catch? Russell Edward Herman didn’t have trillions of dollars. He was just a simple, poor carpenter. While the wild, wild will of the late Russell Herman never paid off for his “beneficiaries,” it certainly enlivened conversations. Take the tiny Ohio River town of Cave-In-Rock, for example. Herman bequeathed $2.41 billion to them. Cave-In-Rock’s mayor, Albert Kaegi had this to say, “It’s an odd thing to happen, isn’t it?” While the will would never pay off, the mayor had no trouble imagining uses for the willed imaginary monies. (Source unknown)
Herman had great intentions, but he lacked the one thing that could make his best intentions a reality--the resources to back up his promises. He fudged in a big way. Having good intentions is the adult version of the “fudging” game. We intend to do something, even promise that we will, but even our best of intentions are often no more than a “fudging” game when we are not “great” enough to stand behind what we promise. Thanks be to God that His greatness is no “fudging” game. He promises and He delivers. He promised a Savior from sin and He kept that promise. God doesn’t make promises that His greatness can’t back up. And, for that matter, neither should we.
We pray. Heavenly Father, life is full of intentions. Every day of our lives we have them, and every day of our lives we neither act on them or when we do we don’t see them through as we intended. Forgive us Father when we have the best of intentions but fail to cause those intentions to become action. Your word is perfect and you never fail to act on it. How often we give our word and then don’t stand behind it as your do. Help us Dear Lord to stand behind everything that we promise with the best of intentions, and then, turn those intentions into actions. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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