My wife claims that I remember the strangest things from my childhood. She’s right. I remember old jokes from when I was little much better than algebra formulas from college.
For instance, a television commercial from 50-years ago sometimes trots around my empty head. Way back when, lots of people out in the country chewed tobacco—not just dipped mind you—but chewed.
There was a commercial on television for one of these chewing tobaccos called, “Bull of the Woods.” There was this great big bull and several heifers (female cows for you city folks) around him, and the cows sang: “Bull of the Woods, chewing tobacco, rich and tasty chewing cream.” Then the old bull would bellow, “Maaaawww!” and the heifers would all say in unison, “He’s the boss!”
I really liked that commercial when I was six-years old. Now it would drive a member of the National Organization of Women into seizures.
I guess the idea was that if you chewed this tobacco, it would make you virile and masculine like that old bull, and all the heifers would line up to sing your praises.
Most memories I have of tobacco chewers, though, were old men who needed to pull up their droopy pants, with little streams of tobacco juice leaking down their stubbly chins.
Not exactly Tom Cruise stuff.
(A friend told me his grandfather chewed tobacco and he spit about twice a day. One day they were riding down the road and the time finally arrived to spit. His grandfather unloaded out the window—except the window was rolled up! It was quite a site, it seems).
Like our bull, we all like to be the boss don’t we? But if you want to be the big Boss I’ve got bad news for you. That place is taken.
It belongs to Jesus.
“After he finished the sacrifice for sins, the Son took his honored place high in the heavens right alongside God, far higher than any angel in rank and rule. Did God ever say to an angel, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you” or “I’m his Father, he’s my Son”? When he presents his honored Son to the world, he says, “All angels must worship him.” (Heb. 1:3-6, The Message). And this, “But he says to the Son, You’re God, and on the throne for good; your rule makes everything right.” (Heb. 1:8, The Message)
The devil wanted that place so bad that he launched a rebellion in heaven, but it was smashed and he and all his followers were kicked out.
Jesus had the place but He stooped down to become a servant, die for our sins, and be raised again. His Father gave Him the Name that’s above every other name and He ascended back to that place (Phillipians 2:6-11).
We can have the same problem that the devil has. Our lives get all out of whack when we try to take that place in the center of ourselves that belongs only to Jesus.
We need to consider our lives. Do we want to be admired, or do we admire and serve the One, the only One, who deserves that admiration—Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God!
He’s the Boss!
One very important ingredient of success is a good, wide-awake, persistent, tireless enemy.
~Author Unknown~ (Mountain Wings Devotional)