What I Hate
By Jimmy Cochran
Overall, I’m a complacent guy. Easy to get along with others and situations. I don’t adapt to abrupt changes very well, especially when they don’t make sense, but I try to not create too big a scene. There are a few things that I do honestly almost hate to do. Feel free to make your own list or add to mine below.
1. I hate to do laundry. It doesn’t bother me to put it in the washer and add detergent, but from that point on, I hate it. The swapping to dryer, the removing from the dryer, and (ugh) the folding and hanging and matching, etc., and ironing isn’t in my language skills.
2. I hate to get garbage ready for pickup, bagged, and out to the street.
3. I hate to make tea and since I drink a lot of tea, it seems that the jug is almost always empty. And, then (sigh) it is time for more to be made and the cycle begins again.
4. I hate lazy people who choose to not use their own brain and skills which God has given them, but rather expecting me and others to take care of their responsibilities.
5. I hate for people to drive like a bat out of torment and, seemingly, never be caught. Flying over the speed limit down Jonesboro Road on their cellphone, or texting, or turning and talking to their passengers, dancing all over with the loud music in their car. This drives me nuts.
6. I hate for people to do harm to others for their own selfish enjoyment. Especially when they harm children. I have always wished that Moses had brought down an eleventh commandment that said, “Thou shalt leave the children alone.”
7. I hate for people to not recognize that there is a God and that He and He alone created this universe and simply wants our love and belief and in turn, he provides us love, comfort, and direction in life. Please note that I did not say I hated the people…. I just hate that they will make a conscious choice to not believe what is evident around them.
Now, here comes the hard part. What does God hate? And, yes, there are things that He hates. We are told in Proverbs,
“There are six things the Lord hates, seven things he detests:
1. haughty eyes,
2. a lying tongue,
3. hands that kill the innocent,
4. a heart that plots evil,
5. feet that race to do wrong,
6. a false witness who pours out lies,
7. and a person who sows discord in a family.” (Proverbs 16:6-9)
Yes, this makes my list seem kind of petty. I tend to be consumed with how people and situations affect my little world, yet He is more of a “big picture” kind of God. He is more concerned with the things that are human relationship things, and not my pettiness. We can learn a lot from this list. We do not need to be mad and upset about the little things that go on. God has a bigger plan for us and has told us the things that He hates and wants for us to hate them, too.
What does God expect from us?
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”(Micah 6:8).
Simple enough? To live as a just person, be and love being merciful toward others, and to walk humbly with God. Listening, fellowshipping, studying those things God wants you and me to do and to be.
And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.
Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of Being God’s and Staying God’s, both available at Amazon.com. Being God’s is also available at Moye’s Pharmacy in McDonough.